Posted by: Jo | August 30, 2020

Memorable Letters

“Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to write and orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus”

(Luke 1: 3)

Letter writing is becoming less and less popular with the younger generation, so they are now contacting each other with brief texts with shortened words and wild symbols to convey feelings. I find it hard to feel the warmth in these brief messages.

When I was young, letter writing was encouraged and was a wonderful way to convey your feelings for another and when a special letter arrived it was kept, so one could read it over and over. Not just deleted like an email. I have kept a box of my favourite letters over the years with precious old ones from my father and a pile of them from my late husband when we were dating and many others that bring back a flood of memories.

But the most precious and memorable ever written and kept safe for us over two thousand years, can still be read and were inspired by the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ disciples knew it was imperative to write down and record what they had heard and seen while they had been with Jesus Christ and so they did and they were sent to believers wherever they were in the known world.

Some of my favourite ones are found in the letters written by the disciple John and he begins like Luke (Luke1: 3) emphasising the need to write the facts down

“We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us and our fellowship with the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ.” 

1 John 1: 3

John has three powerful messages which pervade his letters, and which make his words so memorable.

Firstly, “Light”

“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you. God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.”

These words we need to read over and over to remind us that our Heavenly Father is pure. No darkness will ever be found in him. Too often, well-known figures we have respected and sometimes worshipped have dark secrets that when revealed horrify us and these people tumble from their pedestal.

Secondly, “Jesus is the only True Spirit of God”

“This is how you can recognise the Spirit of God. Every spirit that recognises that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.”

1 John 4: 2

This was a warning to new believers not to be led astray from false teaching undermining who Jesus was. These words are also important for us to keep in mind, so false teaching doesn’t cloud who Jesus Christ really is.

Thirdly, God’s Love is Forever

“God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God and God in him.”

1 John 4: 16

And again

“No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us”

1 John 4: 12

This beautiful letter certainly does not ever need to be deleted, a memorable one to read over an over again.


  1. Thank you again Jo for a very memorable “letter”.


  2. Dear Jo – What a joy to read your blog today. You sent me back to my bible. I had not thought of Luke’s gospel as a “letter” before – but how right you are. The Spirit that guided Luke’s hand guides yours. May it guide us all in what we write and say. Thank you Jo.


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