By Eddie Gibbs, Atherton Resident since 2011
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all.”
Questions for reflection:
- Am I eager to open God’s love letters to me?
- What encouragement can I find as I respond to His word for my life today?
Thought for today:
So much of the New Testament consists of letters. There are 21 in all. Thirteen are attributed to Paul. In addition are the anonymous letter to the Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1-3 John and Jude. In addition, two letters are embedded in Acts. Other letters are mentioned in Paul‘s epistles. Many of the letters are addressed to congregations and some to individuals.
Letter writing has fallen out of favor today, having been largely replaced by Skype, emails, Facebook and Twitter. How many of us receive letters from our children and grandchildren? How different it was years ago! For seven years, my fiancée and I corresponded at least once a week. She was training to be a nurse and I was serving for two years in the Royal Air Force, followed by five years of studying for the ministry. How we longed for those letters, and read and re-read them until the next arrived!
These memories helped me realize why letters play such an important role in the New Testament. They are intensely personal and are intended to be applied and answered. The Scriptures can be our daily guide and comfort. They truly are God’s love letters to us. Listen to the Lord reminding us, “You have mail!”
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