Knit Together in Love

 

Colossians 2:2-3 (NLT) state "My goal is that they will be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love.  I want them to have full confidence because they have complete understanding of God's secret plan, which is Christ himself.  In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."

 

Our goal as a body of believers and servants should be the same as what Paul and Timothy wanted for the church in Colosse.  In these 2 verses, we see that Paul and Timothy desired this group to be ENCOURAGED, to be KNIT TOGETHER by STRONG TIES OF LOVE, to have FULL CONFIDENCE, and to have COMPLETE UNDERSTANDING of CHRIST.  In my experience, all 4 of these working together will only deepen our walks with the Lord while giving each of us joy in our purpose.  

 

Some might say, "No one is encouraging me, no one is reaching out to me in love... so I don't have confidence or complete understanding of Christ."  For those of us that think that way (which many times I have been guilty of), let us ask God to help us to change our perspective and do our best to consider someone else who might be thinking the same thoughts.

 

Each of us should examine our own lives and ask ourselves a couple of questions in order to see if we are being DOERS of these specific verses in the Word of God.  The first question we could ask is, "Am I being an encouragement to anyone in the body of Christ?"  The second question becomes, "Am I making an effort to be knit together by strong ties of love with one or more person(s) in the body of Christ?"  If we can answer YES to the first 2 questions, then the last 2 goals should be happening... our CONFIDENCE will be being built as we see how God will use us to make a difference and our UNDERSTANDING OF CHRIST will be deepening as we fellowship with other parts of His body. May we always remember that in Christ lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.