1 Corinthians 1:1-4
1 Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes,
2 To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus…..
I enjoy this greeting from Paul to the Church in Corinth because he points out the togetherness that they (he and the Church in Corinth, as well as, every believer in Christ) have in their Savior.
For this devotional, the key verse is the fourth verse. He tells them that he “gives thanks to His God always for them.” Why? Because of the grace of God given to them in Christ as Paul wrote.
Paul wants to always give thanks for these brothers and sisters because they have received the very grace of God.
Let us not forget that we today should greet in such a manner: to value our brothers and sisters and visitors as ones also receiving God’s grace. God’s Grace: an amazing Gift which we are not deserving of but have been freely given for our benefit and enjoyment. While we greet others and one another, let us be reminders of God’s Grace and receive others as conduits of this Gift established in Eternity.
[PRAY to greet in a manner worthy of God.]