I love the letter of Paul in Colossians, particularly Chapter 1:1-12, because it is filled with requests of great gifts from God. Every time I read his letter, I immediately hold tight to my hope and faith in Christ and love for the saints (Christian brethren). Truly, his letters are a work of an apostle.
1 Corinthians 1:2 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours:
The joy I have is not for me alone. I do not want to keep it all to myself. I want to share it. We are blessed to bless others.
The hope and faith that I received the moment I realized the love of God, that is Jesus Christ, is one of a kind because it does not disappear, no matter what. It is constantly fuelled by the Spirit of God, the same spirit that raised Christ Jesus.
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.
Keeping my faith strong
Imagine no ending, no death. This hope is very glorious, high as the heavens and beyond human reach. It cannot be destroyed, removed, and stolen. And this hope has extra luggage – two of the fruits of the Spirit, faith and love.
Because of hope, I will keep my faith in Christ and work it out by constantly reading the gospel and letters. I will drill into every chapter and focus on every word. My Lord rewards the effort!
Because of hope, I will not stop loving the saints, which is the body of Christ. I will strive to be a worthy saint also, a member of the body of Christ, so that anyone that loves me will be blessed and will receive hope.
Colossians 1:10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,
Let Us Pray – Prayer for Hope and Faith
I raise my hand to you Christ Jesus, because you are so intelligent and wise. The hope and faith that you give is incomparable. It is loaded with joy and love.
Oh Lord, there are times when my faith is weak, when I lose hope. Fill me up, dear Lord. Remind me of your great love for me. Oh Lord, greater is He that is in me, than he who is in this cruel evil world.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Lord, fill me with Your hope. Give me a continuous reminder that hope is an unbreakable spiritual lifeline that need not decrease. Gracious lord, help me also to be a light of hope and faith to those who are in need.
You are a great strategist, you made sure that anyone who received your hope will not look anywhere else. Your plan is perfect, supreme.
I am glad I met you, I am joyful I have you. I bless you, my Lord, I glorify you my Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Colossians 1:9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives.