I’ve been led by the Holy Spirit to Scripture and thoughts about putting on love and being thankful. Some of you know that I lost my Mom just over two years ago, and lost my Dad at the end of May this year. A couple of days ago, I pulled out my Mom’s Bible and started reading through some of her notes. Today in my own study Bible, I reread a Scripture in Colossians 2 I made a note about yesterday. I decided to see what it said in Mom’s KJV Bible, and I found a treasure. She claimed the following verses for me in 1987 and prayed these verses over me.
“My goal 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 2:2-3 NIV)
At the time Mom claimed this for me I was 26 years old, and was truly the prodigal daughter; I was quite rebellious. I have no doubt in looking back that Mom must have cried out this prayer for me many times. It would be many years, but I did eventually come back to our heavenly Father, knowing His way is the only way to live a joyous life.
I wanted to know the context of these verses. In chapter 1, Paul prays for the readers’ wisdom, understanding, and Christian life (1:9-14). He reminds them of how great Christ is, and that they have been reconciled to God through Christ. Paul is working hard to teach everyone about Christ. At the end of Colossians 1, Paul explains that he struggles to teach believers so they can be complete in Christ (1:28). Our goal is in Christ, and is not found in any other message. Paul continues this theme in chapter 2 and explains the power behind our salvation and transformation. Paul wanted to help the new Christians be well grounded in their beliefs so they would not fall for some counterfeit message.
One of the footnotes in her Bible is the following Scripture I wrote about the other day. (Colossians 3:14) says, “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” All these virtues refers to compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience and forgiveness (vv 12-13).
I found the following in my study Bible. The key to being well-grounded is centering on Christ and grounding ourselves in His Word. God has given us minds for learning – we should study the Bible, stay humble and curious about God in His love and character, and press toward wisdom and pray for understanding. Unity is the breeding ground for understanding the fullness of God. Love brings us together in such a way that we can come progressively into an accurate knowledge of God. We were never meant to go through life on our own – we are meant to be in community with Christ Jesus and fellow believers.