SUNDAY September 10, 2017
Sending a Letter
Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, to the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. - 1 Corinthians 1:1-3
Paul stated his name at the very beginning of his letter and then continued with a greeting. This is the Greek way of writing letters. We sign our names at the end of our written letters today. When Paul wrote his letter to the church of Corinth, he wanted them to know the author right from the beginning. Paul, as an apostle and servant of Jesus Christ, wanted those in the church, to know his authority. He was called of God; this was His identification. When the people in the church of Corinth read Paul’s letter, they were not to take it lightly.
When somebody writes a letter to you about something you said, did or perhaps, something they can see in your life, do you disregard the letter as being critical? You really have to ask the question, “Why are they saying that to me?” Is it critical? Have you spent time in prayer reading their letter to find out if you actually did do something wrong?
If it is a person of godly character who wrote the letter, and not some strange person, it is good to examine yourself. It is like taking a magnifying glass and looking deeply into your heart and mind. I like to critique myself, as I take what was written, to the Lord. I never take it lightly. Perhaps this person has seen something in me that even my family has not seen. You have to really listen to the Lord.
We are not perfect; anyone of us can make great mistakes. Often we can come to the conclusion, they were right!
Few men truly know themselves as they are… to study one’s self in the light of God’s Word, and carefully to go over one’s condition…and using all the tests which are given us in Scripture, would be a very healthy exercise; but how very few care to go through it!
~C. H. Spurgeon~
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