These words were enough to make my inquiring mind want to know.
I had a need to know what God’s word says about “letters”.
I recall first, that the Bible is literally a letter to mankind.
It is a letter recalling the times of man from the beginning.
It is a letter journaling the days and times of God’s people, their enemies and the ways, during thick and thin, that God took care of their needs.
It is a letter describing how to live a better life by living wisely.
In total, it is a love letter of insight and provision to the children of a loving father.
Some of its “paragraphs” may be simple to understand while others are difficult and cryptic.
It is in the deciphering that we become engaged in the unfolding relationship with our “Abba” daddy.
It is in that relationship that we learn exactly WHO He is and exactly who WE are in Him.
2 Corinthians 3:2 (NIV1984) You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody.
If we spend time pouring over His letters, we become like His words, like Him.
2 Corinthians 3:6 (NIV1984) He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
Keeping time with His letters transforms us, and we become able to speak the life of His words to others.
2 Corinthians 10:10 (NIV1984) For some say, “His letters are weighty and forceful, but in person he is unimpressive and his speaking amounts to nothing.”
We do not speak His words so that people can be impressed with us, but that they may be impressed with Him.
2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 (MSG) If anyone refuses to obey our clear command written in this letter, don’t let him get by with it. Point out such a person and refuse to subsidize his freeloading. Maybe then he’ll think twice. But don’t treat him as an enemy. Sit him down and talk about the problem as someone who cares.
People who do not know Him or read His letters are not our enemies.
Romans 2:4 (ESV) Or do you presume on the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to to lead you to repentance?
Our time with His letters gives us the kindness, forbearance and patience required to gently lead them to God.
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