I love getting mail, don’t you? –Especially the good ‘ole fashion snail mail. There’s something special about receiving cards and letters through postage rather than through email, text, or Facebook inbox.
Our (first) Christmas cards were mailed out a little late this year because I wanted to include a ministry update letter at the end of the term. The update letters got me thinking about how letters were one of the only ways of communicating in the first century. In fact, a lot of the Bible’s New Testament is a compilation of letters.
Fourteen of the twenty-seven books in the New Testament have been attributed to the apostle Paul, who often communicated through letters. He wrote about justification, sanctification, redemption, and the resurrection of Christ. Other letters focused on addressing immorality and idols, or marriage and purity. Paul also refuted legalism in some of his letters and examined God’s plan for us, the meaning of godliness, and the proper place of grace in the Christian’s life.
Paul penned about Jesus in creation, and instructed us on prayer and proper leadership in the church. Further, he taught about spiritual warfare and warned against false teachers. Paul even wrote letters from prison!
Christmas is over, but I urge you to write a letter to someone who has really been a blessing to you this year. (It doesn’t have to be long.) Find the perfect card and use your hand-written words to encourage your friend or family member, letting them know they’re loved and appreciated.
What kinds of communications do you most often use to express these kinds of thoughts to those in your life? Do you use your words to uplift and encourage?
“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.” (Proverbs 327) If you think something good, say it or you could be withholding someone of a huge blessing.
The New Testament may be known for letters, but the entire Bible is a letter of God’s love toward us. What is the most meaningful part of His letter to you?