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verses 23-24: “As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker among you; as for our brethren, they are messengers of the churches, a glory to Christ. Therefore openly before the churches show them the proof of your love and of our reason for boasting about you.”

Ever been welcomed somewhere where you really didn’t feel welcome? Going somewhere and being welcomed genuinely versus being welcomed superficially can be as stark a contrast as comparing a diamond to a lump of coal. I have also heard of places where the barometer of genuineness in welcoming was equal to the amount of celebrity or notoriety the “welcomee” had.

This shouldn’t be the way, especially with the church today. We should welcome all visitors with the same warmth, love, and belonging that Paul was boasting about in the Corinthians. He was telling them about the impending visit of Titus and the rest of the brethren. He was saying “prove to them that I haven’t been giving lip-service about you. Show them!”

I remember when our family visited the church we call home now; it was over 10 years ago we came to this church. We were warmly welcomed, greeted, helped (we had a 2-year-old boy at the time), and genuinely invited in. It wasn’t long afterwards we joined this church, and have never regretted it. Take that extra moment to greet the stranger who visits your church; for all you know, that visitor today will be the involved church family member tomorrow.

Have a blessed day!

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