A few months ago, I received a letter from a friend. Handwritten. Just a letter to encourage me. It was amazing. It made my day. I thought to write her back and someone else too! I haven’t.
I guess the digital age can take the blame. Or selfishness.
God writes us letters of love over and over. Some of that love is hard to take. Obedience is involved. Troubles are called necessary.
Pain of life and loved ones fills my heart and mind today. The hurt continually reminding me how I’m to love God with that heart, that mind, that soul.
I wonder: what letters do I write to God? What letters do you write…
Jesus wrote letters with his life. Paul wrote letters until his death.
Here’s a letter I got today:
Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too. Are we commending ourselves to you again? No, we are giving you a reason to be proud of us, so you can answer those who brag about having a spectacular ministry rather than having a sincere heart. If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.
So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 (NLT)
So, today we share these letters together and I offer them up in gratefulness to God (#205-215):
Come back to God.
How differently we know Him now!
Stop evaluating others from a human point of view.
Live for Christ, who died and was raised for us.
No longer counting people’s sins against them.
If we seem crazy…in our right minds…Christ’s love controls us.
A new person. Today.
God is making his appeal through us. What love!
We could be made right with God through Christ.