Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you.
Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.
Brothers, pray for us.
Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss.
I put you under oath before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
—2 Corinthians 13:11-13; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-28
by: Lisa Moore.
Paul ended both of these epistles by exhorting the Corinthians and Thessalonians in their faith. Paul addressed right relationships with God before addressing the way to express a right relationship with each other—a holy kiss. These Gentile believers were told to take the common and sanctify it—set it apart from the regular. The kiss was not to find a mate or a license for lewd or hypocritical behavior. The holy kiss was meant to strengthen the bond between the saints. May our relationship with God move us in visible, tangible ways to strengthen ministry bonds with our brethren.