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Love Letters
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Somewhere deep in the corner of our basement is a cardboard box. Inside this box are several shoe boxes full of love letters that my wife and I wrote each other while dating in college. I told my children they were personal and not to read them. (I think the letters might burn their eyeballs!)

One summer, while working at a Christian summer camp for children, I wrote letters several times a week to her. I enjoyed writing letters to my sweetheart, but it was even more exciting to receive letters from her. Nothing could make my day more special than to receive a love letter from the one I loved (except getting to see her).

Writing love letters is one way lover’s hearts are bound together. Each note may seem small, but over a period of time these personal expressions of love create stronger ties. Like threads around a person’s wrists, a few strands can be easily snapped, but dozens of strands cannot be broken without much effort. Many married couples have lost their first feelings of love for their spouse. Counselors tell us that if they were to repeat some of their early acts of affection those feelings would return.

We are Dear to Someone

God has sent us a love letter—the Bible. In the written word we find expressions of love and commitment. The Lord longs to be with us. God misses us very much and has feelings of affection for us (See Deuteronomy 23:5 and Zephaniah 3:17).This love is so special and life-transforming that it changes our lives for good. We are loved. We are valued. We are dear to Someone.

The Bible also compares Christians to a letter to be given to the world. The Apostle Paul writes: “You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody” (2 Corinthians 3:2 NIV). Not only has God sent us a love letter in the Bible, but calls us to be love letters to the world. As we live for Christ, others will read in our lives God’s love for them. The Lord could have chosen angels or even emails to send messages to the world, but God chose you to communicate a precious message of love.

Some people have lost their first love for the Lord. Your life may be like threads that bind people’s hearts to God. When Jesus Christ lives in your heart, it will be like a wonderfully penned love letter to those around you. Paul continues, “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). Your life can be a love letter from God to other people.

It’s fun to read old love letters. Perhaps it is time to write some new ones—today.

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