Kisses can say "Hello" or "Goodbye." And a gentle peck, when she least expects it, can leave the lady of the house with an inward glow. One marital counselor suggests kissing her – the wife, not the counselor – on the back of the neck three times a day. Imagine the effect that can have when the wife is feeling a bit blue, or is busy preparing supper, or is generally alone in her little world. Try it, husbands. It's dynamite!
Kisses can go the other way, however. A husband tells a sweet young thing his wife doesn't understand him. Little Missey kisses his cares away, and gives him the kind of understanding he desires. A wife crys to her paramour that her husband never shows her any appreciation. He gives her appreciation with kisses and more.
It's a rare married couple that has no problems, but problems are not solved by seeking solace in another person's kisses. The power of such kisses have resulted in half the American marriages ending in divorce
Throughout the Bible we read of many kisses. The aging Isaac kissed his son Jacob, and blessed him (Genesis 27:24-27). Jacob kissed his cousin Rachel, and later married her (Genesis 29:11). Despite earlier chicanery, Esau greeted his brother with a kiss (Genesis 33:4). Joseph kissed his brothers (Genesis 45:14-15); Israel kissed his grandsons (Genesis 48:8-10); Joseph kissed his deceased father (Genesis 49:33-50:1); and Naomi kissed her daughters-in-law (Ruth 1:9).
The Kiss of Life and the Kiss of Death
The very FIRST recorded kiss in the Bible may have been when God (the Being who would be born as Jesus Christ) breathed life into Adam (the "kiss of life"):
"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being." (Genesis 2:7)
The MOST FAMOUS Biblical kiss, however, is the one Judas gave to Jesus (the kiss of betrayal or kiss of death). This kiss of death was given in the Garden of Gethsemane, the place where Jesus and the disciples went to after they finished celebrating their last Passover together:
48 The traitor (Judas Iscariot) had given the crowd a signal: 'The man I kiss (Jesus Christ) is the one you want. Arrest him!' 49 Judas went straight to Jesus and said, 'Peace be with you, Teacher,' and kissed him. (Matthew 26)
Indeed, there is power in a kiss: the power to cheer; the power to hurt; the power to strengthen or destroy marriages; and the power to murder. There is the kiss of life and the kiss of death. But the best kiss is the one that says "Thank you," or "You're special," or "I love you."