Saints - I like calling you that for that is what you are - undeserved but precious in Jesus’ sight.
How is the memorizing going all? I’m not trying to exaggerate but as I go over my verses, I don’t have a day that something doesn’t grab my heart - either for the first time or in a fresh new way. As time goes on, it makes more sense as a whole. It’s so interesting to me that as the chapters encompass my verses that I learned long ago in isolation from the rest of the chapter, they don’t stand up alone as they used to because the verses around them empower them and give me a better explanation about what the verses are saying.
Thanks is a word that shows up often. In the first 6 verses that we have now to memorize in Colossians, it appears 3 times. I’m thankful that we know the Truth. Truth is another one that pops up twice in the verses of the week. If you knew me, you’d realize that it is not due to intelligence that we know Jesus. Someway or another, the Holy Spirit penetrated these selfish hearts and feeds them with Truth. That is one thing that I do thank Jesus for almost daily - that I know Him and want to know Him with everything that I have. This is not my own doing, because of Jesus, I am a new creation that thinks differently than I would have otherwise. I rejoice - another prominent word occurring 7 times in the book of Philippians that we just moved on from.
I hope you realize I don’t say these things because I am a Christian and I have to. I do say it from the heart. On to theses wonderful verses of the week:
Colossians 1:5 the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel
Colossians 1:6 that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. (NIV)
Colossians 1:5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel,
Colossians 1:6 which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, (ESV)
Colossians 1:5 because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel,
Colossians 1:6 which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth; (NKJV)
As you memorize these, may Jesus use these exact verses to speak to you sometime in the days ahead.