“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.”

Colossians 2:2
As a missionary to the Gentiles, Paul traveled extensively and saw many place their faith in Jesus. These new believers—especially those who would eventually take leadership roles—had to be instructed and nurtured. When Paul could not be present personally, he sent letters. This letter to the church in Colossae begins with words of affirmation and love. Instruction is necessary, but Paul dispenses it with nurturing encouragement.

My husband and I saw many people come to faith in Christ when we were involved in church planting. I especially loved the season of discipleship that followed conversion. Sharing the transforming power of Christ is a joyful privilege. And years later we still have contact with several of these dear folks.

The writer of Hebrews admonishes believers to encourage each other daily so that the heart does not become sinful, unbelieving, and hardened (see 3:13a). Gathering together in our faith communities offers us regular opportunity to be united in love and to grasp the unfolding mystery of God in Jesus Christ.

Scripture Focus

Colossians 2:1-5


Let’s commit ourselves to being those who lift each other up with words and actions of love and blessings.

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