Today’s Truth

“You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody…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 3:2-3 NIV)

Friend to Friend

I received a letter the other day. Oh, it didn’t have a stamp in the right-hand corner or even a return address sticker. But I knew exactly where it came from and there was no doubt who had sent it. The letter was wearing jeans and a sweatshirt with brown shoulder length hair, and she was sent by God.

In the Bible, Paul described Christians as living letters known and read by everybody, not written with ink, but with the Sprit of God on human hearts (2 Corinthians 3:3). God has sent many love letters my way…hand-delivered, special delivery, postage paid. Admittedly, some of the letters seem to have gotten marred in transit and I suspect a few of the words were not quite what the Author intended. But they were letters nonetheless.

God did not write His letters on fragile sheets of paper or on tablets of stone. He wrote His letters on human hearts for all the world to read. There are some letters that I’ve received and wanted to mark RETURN TO SENDER across the top. I didn’t want the letter and honestly, I wasn’t sure where it came from. It couldn’t possibly be from God. The words were harsh and I suspected they were counterfeit. Not really from God at all…even though the letter said they were.

Then there are other letters I have received that were so beautifully scripted that I take them out and read them over and over again. They are treasures that I hold dear. I read them often, clutch them to my heart, and even place a kiss upon the seal from time to time. These are my favorite letters. They come in all shapes and sizes, but the return address is always evident, even if it has faded through the years or rubbed off with wear. I love these letters. God has sent me so many throughout my lifetime.

Dear friend, here is a daunting thought. You are a letter. I am a letter. God has written His message on our hearts and mailed us out to the world. People read His letters in our actions. They read His letters in our words.

What will they read in your letter? Will they welcome the words like a soldier hungry for news from home, or view it a junk mail to be tossed in the trash? Will they dread the words like a bill that needs to be paid, or will they see it as God intended—a love letter wooing them to Christ.

What will your letter say today?

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father, I want to represent You well today. Help me to use my words as a well-trained ambassador. I pray that I will be a living love letter to those I come in contact with today and every day.

In Jesus’ Name,


Now It’s Your Turn

What’s the best letter that you ever received?

Did you save it?

If so, why?

Since you are a living letter, how do you want your letter to read?

If you’ll join me, click over to my Facebook page and leave a comment to say; I’ll be a living letter of love to the world today.

More from the Girlfriends

One of the most powerful forces in the universe are the words we speak. Your words can change the course of a life. You can speak life into children, your husband, your friends, fellow believers, and the world. In The Power of a Woman’s Words you’ll explore the power you possess, the people you impact, the potential for change, and the you’ll discover the profound possibilities as you harness this mighty force and use it to speak life to those around you. Also available: an accompanying study guide and DVD.

6 Responses to “You Are A Living Letter”

  1. Angela says:

    Wow! What a thought! I LOVED this devotional! If I want my little ones to see how much the LORD really loves them, I have to be that love….even on the days when it’s the most challenging. Thank you for this. I really needed this. I’m at an EXTREMELY challenging point in the month, since I’m PMSing. This is SO powerful and strengthening! May GOD bless you! Angie

  2. Shalom says:

    Beautiful, am a love-intended letter.
    My prayer every day has been to adequately represent him always.
    Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Sandy says:

    I will be a living love letter to the world! Thank you!

  4. Jeannie says:

    I have been teaching my four-year old granddaughter about how that we can share Jesus’ love simply by doing random acts of kindness for others. We are His ‘love letters’ and we were created to share His love. Thank you for the devotional today. GIG is my favorite morning devotional. Thank you all so very much!

  5. Mandy says:

    What a wonderful thought and reminder to encourage us to maintain our Christian attitudes even in times of weakness! Thank you! You never know who is reading you but God is always sending you!

  6. Joan says:

    I love this morning’s blog. I have always loved writing letters and had never thought of myself or others being God’s letters to the world.
    Thank you for giving me a different lens through which I can view myself and others. It brings me clarity in my search for what God’s purpose may be for me.

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