DAILY WORDS OF HOPE
BY PCG, HOPE CONGREGATION–SAK. EST
TODAY’S VERSE: COLOSSIANS 1:3-8
THEME: BE THANKFUL TO THE LORD
WORDS OF HOPE:
Paul follows his normal routine of expressing his thankfulness and prayers before addressing the doctrinal issues later in the letter. A hallmark of someone who is walking in the spirit of God is thankfulness, and that characteristic is clearly evident in Paul.
The first thing we note in verse three is that Paul’s thanksgiving is directed to God. While the actions of others and events in our own lives may prompt us to be thankful, as occurs here and other places in the life of Paul, our response to it will be determined by our understanding of reality. Paul understood that ultimately it is God that is responsible for the blessings that occur in life.
The first reason that Paul was thankful for the Colossian believers was their faith in Christ Jesus. The next reason was their love for all the saints. Epaphras informed Paul that the Colossian believers were marked by this true, godly love for other believers. For that reason, Paul gave thanks to God for them. Their example is one that we should follow
ourselves. This kind of faith and love does not spring up on its own and man cannot generate it out of himself for anything in this world.
It’s source is outside this world. As Paul describes it in verse 5, it is from the hope Christians have reserved for them in Heaven. Because of these attitude demonstrated by the Colossian church, the word of God spread throughout the world. May we learn to increase our faith in the Lord. May our love for fellow humans showcase the grace of God to the entire world.
• Lord, may I increase my faith in the Lord.
• Lord, may I show love to all people.
• Lord, may I be thankful because of your grace.
I pray that I will increase in faith and love in the name of Jesus. Amen