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Receive our honorable sister Phoebe in the Lord. Greetings to you in the Lord.
I commend to you Phoebe our sister,
who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea,
that you may receive her in the Lord
in a manner worthy of the saints,
and assist her in whatever business she has need of you;
for indeed she has been a helper of many and of myself also.
Greet Priscilla and Aquila,
my fellow workers in Christ Jesus ,
who risked their own necks for my life,
to whom not only I give thanks,
but also all the churches of the Gentiles.
Likewise greet the church that is in their house.
Greet my beloved Epaenetus,
who is the firstfruits of Achaia to Christ.
who labored much for us.
Greet Andronicus and Junia,
and my fellow prisoners,
who are of note among the apostles,
who also were in Christ before me .
my beloved in the Lord .
our fellow worker in Christ ,
my beloved .
approved in Christ .
Greet those who are of the household of Aristobulus.
my countryman .
Greet those who are of the household of Narcissus
who are in the Lord .
Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa,
who have labored in the Lord .
Greet the beloved Persis,
who labored much in the Lord .
Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord , and his mother and mine.
Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren who are 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.
The churches of Christ greet you.
Paul and Women Some have suggested that Paul hated women because of the creation-order directions on the role of man and women. This passage in the letter of Romans shows that Paul honored and appreciated women. Paul's Greetings Paul's greetings were a deep appreciation for people that were first of all in Christ, then to some that participated in a common cause of labor for the Lord in the good news of Christ, and also for personal connections like being a countryman. Application Paul is an example of what to appreciate first and foremost in other people. The greatest appreciation lies in the spiritual connection to Jesus Christ. Nothing can trump a connection between two individuals that are in Christ. This connection can deepen by working together for the Lord. Lastly, it's okay and good to have other connections beside the spiritual. It is normal to be drawn to people with a common interest such as upbringing, job, family, hobbies etc. Enjoy them too with thanksgiving.