7th December 2011

A Letter Of Love

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
2 Corinthians 4:7 (NIV)

Down throughout the ages messages have been delivered in many, many different ways. By runner, by carrier pigeon, Morse code, Mail Coach, telegram, telephone, etc. Today they are on tee shirts, fridge magnets and now of course we have e-mails, texts, face book, and on and on it goes.

But today, if Jesus were to write an open letter to this world—what kind of letter would it be? And just how would it be delivered?

I’m sure that you’d agree that it would be a love letter; a letter of outgoing concern, a letter of compassion and of great joy. I expect it would be a message about getting together, of healing the rift—in short, a message of reconciliation. Reconciliation means; to restore peace, friendship, harmony, communion, and fellowship.

The Greek city of Corinth, as you probably know, was a city where many different races lived together:  Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Syrians, Jews and many others. This city was given over to the worship of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and known for its excesses. There was even a word for this kind of sinfulness:  ‘to Corinthianize’.

Paul tells God’s people who live in the midst of all this evil society:  “You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” (2 Corinthians 3: 3 NIV)

We, as God’s people, are this letter from Jesus, a result of the apostles’ ministry—not written with ink, which fades after a time or can be erased, but with the Spirit of the living God. If we zip over to chapter 5 of this epistle and read verses 18-20; here Paul tells us just how this message is delivered. Notice, he says; “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us—we implore you on Christ’s behalf: ‘Be reconciled to God!’” (Emphasis mine)

This is that letter…this is our message on Christ’s behalf and it has to pour forth in a lifestyle of love and compassion for others. It is a heart-to-heart message to be read by everyone in order to bring them home.

Prayer
Our compassionate Father, please let every day be a special day for us as we pass your love letter to those we meet; and may we reflect that love as we make the delivery.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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