Letters Without Stamps

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
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2 Corinthians 3:2-3 – You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. 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. (NIV)

Stamps have been important throughout our country's history for sending and receiving mail — primarily letters — back and forth across the country. Besides train, truck, and air, some famous delivery methods were the Overland Stage and Pony Express. International mail was delivered by steamer ship, and later by air.

God designed very special letters traditionally called "epistles". Although Paul wrote most of the ones in the Bible, he says that the message of Christ is really written on the heart of each believer to share with the world. It has no need of a stamp or any of our other methods of mailing. Because it is so personal, it isn't carried by way of mail. It is carried heart to heart, and read from one heart to another. As His ambassadors, we are to let His light shine through us, so that people can learn who He is by being around us. When the Spirit of Christ lives in us, through our actions and life, we represent His character and His actions.

Ideally, when we are friends whose hearts radiate the love of Christ, we see every one as individual people in need of the Lord's kindness, gentleness, and joy. Our welcoming countenance draws people in spiritual need towards us. The Spirit draws those in distress to us so that we can be His ambassador. Jesus comes alive in us to meet the needs of young and old alike. There is no doubt that we share the love of Jesus with each one we meet. Just like the Bible, God's love letter to each one of us, our letter is easy to read — no stamp necessary — sent by special delivery — heart to heart. How do each of our hearts read?

Prayer: Father God, may others read our heart epistle to Your honour and glory. Amen.

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Karen Milam <karenbmilam@gmail.com>
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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen to your prayer.

    Thanks for the encouraging word, Karen.

    Thank you, Karen, for sharing your heart with us. Blessings.

    Thank you for today’s devotional, so well written and inspiring!

    Thanks, Karen. This is an interesting comparison and easy to apply.

    Thanks Karen. Your words are on their way to my kids. Keep up the good work in 2020.

    Inspires and helps me today, Karen. Yes, I want to be a living testimony of His grace. Thank you for demonstrating that today.

    Meaningful to me. I have often attracted individuals who need emotional support. I never thought of the “why”. Your devotional gave me more insight. Thank you and God bless you.

    Thank you so much for your devotional today, Karen, a favorite subject of mine. Every occasion that gives me the opportunity, I love to talk about how important it is that what people see in us is as important as what we say.
    Keep your devotions coming and God bless you in many special and surprising ways.

    Greetings Karen,
    Thank you for another special devotional. So true that no stamp is necessary when we share love and care to others as we spread the love and care that Jesus instills in us. The Lord is very generous in sending and sharing “love letters” with us daily through His word.
    Many blessings to you.

    Good morning Karen,
    Good devotional. I really like the last paragraph. I love some of the “Love Letters” in the Bible for sure.

    Dear Karen,
    Thank you for your awesome Devotion. Your words; “The Spirit draws those in distress to us so that we can be His ambassador.”
    pierced my heart and is my prayer.
    God bless you.

    I do love to read your devotionals, Karen, and they help me.


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