Kisses -- In Honor of Valentine's Day -- By Betty King

Do you remember your first kiss? What does a kiss mean to you?

Kissing does seem to be a favorite form of showing affection. It also is a form of greeting, as some people welcome each other with a kiss on the cheek. In some countries they greet each other with a kiss on both cheeks. It is also a way of saying good-bye.

Kisses are described in many ways. There are hot kisses, sweet kisses, juicy kisses, sensual kisses, friendly kisses and many other names have been attached to kisses. Some such as butterfly kisses and Eskimo kisses are poplar names tagged on to this, one of our favorite friendly and romantic pastimes.

There was a kiss I don’t remember. There is proof that it occurred though. I must have been under two years old in the picture. Mom said I claimed him as my boy friend. We lived in California at the time. I don’t even remember living in that state, let alone, remember the little boy or the kiss. Some kisses we remember, others are a passing moment soon forgotten.

Kissing has been around a long time. In Genesis chapter twenty-seven Jacob and his mother schemed to fool his father, Isaac into thinking he was his brother Esau, in order to receive his Fathers blessing. In (Genesis 28: 26 NIV), it is recorded in Isaac’s words, “Come here, my son, and kiss me.” That was a kiss of deception Jacob gave to his Father. There are kisses yet today, given too some, in different ways that could be categorized as deceptive kisses.

In (Proverbs 24: 26 NIV) It says that “An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.” This is a phrase of the wise. Wisdom is sweet, so too is honesty, as too, is a sincere kiss.

In (Song of Solomon 1: 2 TLB) It says, “Kiss me again and again, for your love is sweeter than wine.” This is a romantic kiss. God intended for man and woman, to know the blissfulness of a loving kiss.

Jesus asked Judas in (Luke 22: 48 NIV), “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” This was a kiss with a variety of meanings. First it was a kiss of betrayal. It was also a revealing kiss; as he kissed Jesus, so as to let those who had come for him, know his identity. Also it was a kiss to prosper Judas who was to receive money from the chief priest, officers and elders for his leading them to Jesus. It was also a kiss of shame, as Judas came to realize, the shame, of that which he did.

(Genesis 31: 28 NIV) tells of the confrontation of Laban and Jacob. Laban is asking Jacob why he deceived him and carried off his daughters like captives in war. He is asking why he secretly ran off instead of letting him send them off with a party. “You didn’t even let me kiss my grandchildren and daughters good-by.” Yet, in truth, it was Laban, who had deceived Jacob for years; God and His angels intervened and the dispute was settled between them. “Early the next morning Laban kissed his grandchildren and his daughters and blessed them.” (Genesis 31: 55 NIV) Oh, what a blessing are the kisses of our children and grandchildren. That first kiss they give us is a thrill, yet every kiss, there after settles like a warm fuzzy, in the corners of our hearts.

The kiss of a sibling is a comfort and joy that ties the bonds connecting a family, especially if they have been estranged or apart for some time. In (Genesis 33: 4 NIV) Esau ran to meet his brother Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. There is nothing quite like the kiss from a relative you have not seen for some time. God places us in the same family, and He desires we embrace and love one another. Joseph, too kissed and wept over the reunion of his brother in (Genesis 45 NIV), and again in chapter 48 Israel, Josephs Father, in his old age and failing eye sight kissed and embraced his grandchildren. There is nothing quiet as endearing as a kiss from a grandfather.

A kiss can also soothe as well. In (Psalms 2: 11-13 NIV) it says, “Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” We all know how a kiss has often appeased, calmed or pacified a mate or loved one, as we take refuge in their arms. How much more God embraces us when we go to him with our affection. “Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.” (Psalm 85:10) What a four way combination that is, no matter who is involved.

Several places in the Bible it says to greet each other with a kiss or a holy kiss. In other words we are to greet others and fellow Christians with sincere brotherly love and affection; with the kind of love Christ can give us.

“The kisses of an enemy may be profuse,” it tells us in (Proverbs 27: 6) Plentiful sometimes is the sweetness of those who are trying to butter us up. Also Satan can appear as a syrupy do-gooder; don’t let him fool you!

Yes, I like most people enjoy a kiss on the cheek from a friend. I feel loved and appreciated when my husband comes home and gives me a loving kiss. I Love receiving a kiss from my kids and I delight in my grandkids planting a sweet kiss on me. I am like every other normal person, a kiss is a wonderful show of affection and I enjoy them.

Remember the woman who had lived a sinful life and entered the Pharisees house where Jesus was having dinner and she washed Jesus feet with her tears. She wiped them with her hair and kissed them, then poured perfume on them. Jesus forgave her of her sins. This account is found in (Luke 7: 36-50 NIV) Now - I am not a lover of feet; I don’t even kiss my husbands feet - But when I get to Heaven, I hope, I too, can kiss the feet of Jesus!

* Prayer: Thank you, God, for the family and the kisses given me from their love and affection. Thank you, too, for your word, where I am taught about the kisses given to you and others, where Christian love and friendship is demonstrated. Thank you, for loving me, in Jesus name. Amen

Betty King

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