Faith And Love

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Faith And Love

David McPherson

In his letter to the Colossians, Paul wrote, "We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints" (Col. 1:3 -4). What a reputation! The Colossians were known for their faith and love.

Paul later spoke of his "rejoicing to see the steadfastness of (their) faith in Christ" (Col. 2:5). Their faith was not an on-again, off-again faith; but constant and unwavering. Can the same be said of us? Not if we serve the Lord ONLY when things are going well. Not if our service is motivated out of convenience and not conviction. Ours must be a faith wholly set on doing the will of God, always.

The Colossians were also filled with love, an item sadly missing among many churches. Some members of the church carefully make their way around the auditorium to avoid their brethren. That's not love. Christians are to care about one another. They are to be genuinely interested in one another and should appreciate opportunities to be together. We're to "Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the King. (1 Pt. 2:17). May we, like the Colossians, learn to love the brotherhood. May we, like the Colossians, be known for our faith and love.

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