Encouraged & United in Love—Colossians 2:1-3
“I want you to know how much I am struggling for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:1-3)
Something magnificent happens when the body of Christ is united. Unity is the breeding ground for understanding the fullness of God. Love bring us together in such a way that we can come progressively into an accurate knowledge of God.
Unity is the Path to Understanding
Throughout his letters to the churches, Paul instructs repeatedly to strive for unity. There are many reasons and benefits for this; however in this particular instance Paul’s objective is that the Church will continue to grow in understanding and experience the treasures of God’s wisdom.
The reason, is not to be deceived; rather continue to be established in faith. “I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how orderly you are and how firm you faith in Christ is” (Colossians 2:4-5).
Throughout chapters 1 and 2 of Colossians Paul declares 5 times that understanding, wisdom, revelation and the full knowledge of God has been made known through Christ; while giving us instructions to continually progress in this knowledge. The risk is great in not understanding, however he also presents a delightful idea that love brings us together and unity among like-minded believers will encourage and support this growth.
So today, I leave you with a practical salutation; my prayer is that you strive for unity among fellow believers and that your love for each other will provide the springboard for the fullness of God’s knowledge and treasure trove of His wisdom to abound.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity” (Colossians 3:12-14).
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