When I was a little girl, I always loved to write letters to send to family members and pen pals. My grandmother and great grandmother both wrote us frequently, and I loved writing them back. I guess I’ve always loved writing letters; even today with all of our available technology, I still enjoy letter writing. I always hear people say they love to see letters and cards in their mailbox, but it is not something that a lot of people do now.
What happens when you get a letter? I guess it may depend who it is from, but you probably open it quickly before you open the bills or look at the catalogs. Depending on the context of the letter you may go back and reread it several times to make sure you don’t miss anything.
Why do we send letters? We write letters to share some news or an encouraging word. I remember as a child my grandmothers would write about the weather, their pets, their work, church activities, etc. They always sent their love and told us how much they missed us.
How does it feel to get a letter? When a letter is written to you with your name at the top, it makes you feel valued and special. I know when we were dating I loved receiving letters from my (now) husband as he was at his house in the summer. I cherished those words that he shared with me. They made me feel closer to him and gave me more insight into him.
Now let’s think about the Bible. How many books of the Bible were written as a letter to a group?
1. These are letters that we still should read today. We should reread them over and over actually, keeping them in our hearts.
2. We can learn new things or be encouraged by these words. Paul always had encouraging words to those he was writing, such as in Philippians 1:3–6: “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
3. We can realize the love God has for us by reading of what He has done, like in I John 4:9, 10 which says “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” He also uses letters to explain how He wants us to live like in Galatians 5:22, 23–“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
I’ve received many letters throughout my life from many different people. It is a blessing that we have letters from God to each of us recorded through the Bible. We need to not take this special letter for granted. Read it, memorize it, share it with others.
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