Devotional: Write Me a Letter

1 Corinthians 16:21, Colossians 4:18,2 Thessalonians 3:17 little-boy-writing-a-letter-1920“I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand.”

 Paul wrote letters.  Personal, hand written letters to people he loved.  As William Barclay said, “Of all forms of literature a letter is the most personal,” and because Paul wrote so many of them, we feel like we know him after we’ve read the New Testament.

Think about the piece of writing we call the Book of Romans.  It was actually a letter to the Roman church—a very personal, heartfelt letter that became one of the most powerful and influential pieces of writing in history.

This particular letter to the Roman believers is behind some of the most powerful conversions in church history:  St. Augustine, Martin Luther, John Wesley (who felt his heart “strangely warmed” while reading Luther’s preface to Romans), and John Bunyan, who was so inspired by what he read in Romans while imprisoned in a Bedford jail, that he wrote the classic Pilgrim’s Progress.

Taking the time to sit down and prayerfully and thoughtfully communicate to a friend or co-worker or relative through the written word can open doors to communication, teaching, understanding, and sharing God’s love.  Whether you pick up a pen and paper, type a letter on your computer, use social media, or send an e-mail, take the time to write to someone and share your life. Maybe you just need to say thanks (Paul did that a lot) or encourage someone, or mend a relationship, or impart ideas, or bless someone with your expression of love or friendship. Paul and the other apostles did all those things through the letters they wrote —many of which became Holy Scripture, God’s love letter to us.

I am convinced that taking the time to write to others for whatever reason is an opportunity God gives us to minister to and love other people.  He set a wonderful example to us by making the written Word His chosen form of communication to us.

“More than kisses, letters mingle souls.”  ~John Donne