Now that we live in the age of email and text messaging, it seems that letter writing is a lost art. It used to be that the arrival of a letter caused excitement and each family member would be interested to read it and hear the news from a distant friend or family member.
No doubt it was the same in Philippi when word got round that a letter had arrived from the Apostle Paul who was in prison in Rome. You can just imagine the believers gathering to hear the letter read. Lydia would have been there with her household, the jailer with his household, the girl who had been delivered from an evil spirit, and many other Gentiles that had been saved since. They would have all been so excited to hear news and advice from the man who had first brought the gospel to them (Acts 16).
Before we start looking at the reasons why Paul wrote this letter and all that he had to say to them, perhaps we should ask ourselves the question: "When was the last time I wrote a letter to a friend of mine?".
Has the Lord put it on your heart to write to someone you know? Maybe it is someone who is not saved; then send them a little note that tells them about the love of God for sinners. Or perhaps it is an older person that you know is very lonely; then send them a letter to tell them that you are praying for them. Or to a missionary who may be longing to hear news from the home country.
You will be amazed how much pleasure a letter will bring to others!