ENTRANCE EXAM. NEED A REFRESHER COURSE?

Over and over again in the Bible, especially in what are known as the Epistles (the letters written to teach, encourage, correct and mentor different churches and faith communities on how to live their lives as followers of Jesus), the authors of these letters took time to greet the people who would be reading or listening to their messages.

The authors gave thought to how they should make their entrance into the lives of others. They knew how very important it was for them to first, always and fully, point their readers and listeners to the loving grace and holy truth of our Lord Jesus Christ – before they continued on with the rest of their God-given message.

Some loving, wise and beautiful entrance examples are included here. Read them fully. Hear the depth of love and the humble hearts that continually pointed to our Lord. Sense the spirit and attitude of unity, encouragement and care from which these messages were written.

Grace and peace be yours in abundance through our knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. – 2 Peter 1:2

To all in Rome [to all everywhere] who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. – Romans 1:7

To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ – their Lord and ours: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 1:2-3

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins, to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.                     – Galatians 1:3-5

…To those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. – Jude 1-2

When we enter into someone’s life – whether for a fleeting moment in a chance encounter or more regularly in our neighborhoods, at work, at school, at church, at organized sports and activities or continually and daily within our family relationships – do we enter with love? Do we enter with humility that acknowledges Jesus as our Lord? Do we enter in a spirit and attitude of unity, encouragement and care?

How would you do? How would I do on an Entrance Exam into someone else’s life? Is it time for a Refresher Course in the grace and truth and love of our Lord Jesus so that each of us will be refreshing to others as we enter into their lives – whether we enter for a moment or for a lifetime?