Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who for my life risked their own necks, to whom not only do I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles; also greet the church that is in their house.
Greet Epaenetus, my beloved, who is the first convert to Christ from Asia.
Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you.
Greet Andronicus and Junias, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners, who are outstanding among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.
Greet Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord.
Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and Stachys my beloved.
Greet Apelles, the approved in Christ. Greet those who are of the household of Aristobulus.
Greet Herodion, my kinsman. Greet those of the household of Narcissus, who are in the Lord.
Greet Tryphaena and Tryphosa, workers in the Lord.
Greet Persis the beloved, who has worked hard in the Lord.
Greet Rufus, a choice man in the Lord, also his mother and mine.
Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas and the brethren with them.
Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them.
Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you. Romans 16:3-15
People want more than a friendly church, they want friends! Greetings are important in the life of the church and apparently for the apostle Paul as well. More than just making acquaintances, we are to love one another sincerely. To do this, we must know each other. The first step is being introduced and greeting one another. I marvel at the amazing adventure God gave Paul. A huge part of it was who he met along the way. “Half the fun of fishin’, is who yer fishin’ with”.
Who is more than an acquaintance in my life? Are those I minister with more than friendly? Are we actually friends?
Lord thank you for the blessing of friendship in the context of ministry. I am grateful for the fellowship of believers who are my friends. Help me be a good friend back.