Friday, February 13, 2015

Epistolize (2 Thessalonians 3:17)

Good morning all,

The word of the day is “epistolize.”  In today's society many of us have left the written word and replaced it with email, messaging, and other forms of social media.  It's just easier, faster, and suits our needs.  However, back in the time of the Apostle Paul, he did not have this luxury.  He knew that the letters he wrote to people should be methodically and meticulously written, realizing that it would take quite a bit of time for each of these letters to reach the other party.  Sometimes I'm sure that these letters did not even make it to their final destination.  For this reason, we know that Paul epistolized each and every letter to the believers with the utmost sincerity and thought.

“I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand, which is the distinguishing mark in all my letters. This is how I write.” ~2 Thess 3:17

My question is: what kind of kind of thought put into the relationships that God is giving you, and your relationship with God himself?  Sometimes it's easy for us to just throw words out, whether in time of prayer or in relation to others.  Like when we tell someone that we will pray for them, and then just forget about it. 

Some of us are worse offenders than others.  One of my mentors once told me that much of the time when he tells someone that he will pray for them, he does so right there, either out loud in a time of prayer with that person, or even just silently as he leaves that conversation.  Either way, it's about being deliberate, both in relationship to God and relationship to others. 

My prayer is that you methodically and prayerfully consider the words that you speak to God, and as you communicate with others, whether it is written longhand or digitally, that you epistolize with the same amount of thought that Paul did in his letters.

Praying for you

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