The Pauline letters are brimming with heart-filled longings and yearnings of his heart. And given some of them are directed at people he’s never even met before, it’s quite incredible to read. Check out this one to the Colossians:
“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people….
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will”
He sure wears his heart on his sleeve and follows it through with action. Perhaps that’s how he gets away with some incredible rebuking and correcting in his letters too!
If you get time over the Christmas/New Year season, why not read through his letters afresh, with eyes for Paul’s passion for people?
It makes my Christmas card writing come into new light. Am I just writing the “same old” because that’s what we do or am I taking deep personal interest in those I write to? Am I writing to impress others, or am I writing for their sake, and the sake of the gospel?
But those who I bond with over longer distance communication, tend to be those I visit and travel to. I mean it’s not always that way. There are always those special people that even when you don’t communicate much in months, you still feel like you’ve never left each other when you get back together again!