…that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ…
In the previous verse, Paul shared his pastoral longing for the Colossians and those in Laodicea. In this verse, he tells them what he desires for them, namely, their encouragement, unity, assurance, and knowledge of Christ.
All of us need encouragement. There may be times where we need it more, but there’s never a day when we don’t need it at all. May we, as God’s people, be known by continually finding ways to encourage one another. As we do so, it will help foster unity. Paul prays that their hearts will be knit together in love. Love binds us together; it knits us to one another (see 3:14). Our unity is based on the truth of the gospel, which transcends all other walls of division. We may not agree on everything, but if we are brothers and sisters in Christ, then we have the foundation for unity.
Paul desires that they would have the “full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of…Christ.” Christ is the source of all spiritual knowledge. Having biblical knowledge and an understanding of doctrine is vital to our faith. We can’t “just love Jesus” if we don’t know the truths that he has taught us in his word. We must love the Lord our God with all our minds. This is why Scripture continually warns against false teachers. Unity is important, but we can’t be unified on false doctrine.
- Are you an encourager? Do your words build up or tear down?
- Do you fight for unity? Are you pursuing reconciliation and forgiveness where needed?
- Do you value the knowledge and study of Biblical doctrines or have you deemed them as unimportant? How can make study a regular part of your routine?