“We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints…”- Colossians 1:3-4
Paul the Apostle had gotten a report concerning the saints at the Colossian church. One of the ministers had come to him and told him about the saint’s faith in Christ and their love to all fellow believers.
Let’s take a closer look at the two things that were told about these saints:
A Report Concerning the Entire the Church
What was told of the Colossian church was not of only one particular saint or of a particular group, but of all the saints at this church which was evident that this church truly had all things in common. They were sound, steadfast, stabled and sincere in both their faith and their love to all fellow believers.
There was visible evidence that the Holy Spirit had influence in their lives. They allowed the spirit of God to operate in their souls, ungrudgingly and not grieving Him, thus producing the fruits of Christian characteristics, the grace of love being one of them.
The faith and love of the saints at the Colossian church was continual, and continually progressing. They committed themselves to the Holy Spirit, living their lives as the Holy Spirit teaches, and then committed to following the teachings of the very doctrines they had heard as expected of saints of the light.
Response to a Good Report
When Paul had heard of the report concerning the saints, he gave thanks to God. Why? It was to make a clear point that this thing that was heard about the saints was not anything they could have done on their own, but that this was a gift that came by the grace of God, thus bringing glory to God. Bear in mind, Paul had never seen the saints at this church. What he knew of them was by word of mouth only.
When you have heard the good about others give thanks to God, for truly it shows He is at work in their lives. When man thinks of “giving thanks” it is automatically assumed that it is for the things we have received from the Lord, the things we believe by faith we will receive from the Lord, health and strength, food on the table, clothes on our back, jobs, family and friends. While all these things are good, remember to give thanks for fellow saints of whom are visible evidence of the Holy Spirit moving in their lives which is a testimony to all including the world of the effects of the gospel.
Spreading Good Gossip
Another thing Paul had done when he heard about the saints at the Colossian church was that he also told others. It soon became of no secret about the saints at the Colossian church. Who we are, what we do and how we live our lives according to the gospel of Jesus Christ will be told to others by word of mouth. The person who would be the mouthpiece behind the story may be someone who is just passing through; or your fellow brethren, your neighbor, your co-worker, and even your family member. But, if there is any bad thing that would be said about you even when you have done good, don’t let it be true.
Take a minute to reflect on this question: what have others heard about your faithfulness in Christ and your love for others?
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Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture passages quoted are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.