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Colossians 1:9-14 KJV
“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”
But what strength do we need?
We all know about people with great physical strength…we see them win sporting events, gold medals, trophies 🏆and make lots of money. The are exercising the gifts God gave them, along with hours, months, years of hard work and training. There is nothing wrong with this, but I don’t think this is what the verses we just read is talking about.
We also know about people of great intellectual strength…they win scholarships, write great books, discover new elements, win Nobel prizes. They too are exercising the gifts God gave them, with years of study and hard work. Again, there is nothing wrong in this, but it isn’t what the verses are talking about either.
We know people of great emotional strength…they help, council others Help people become a more stable in the world. They are counselors, social workers, and caregivers and though underpaid, they are appreciated by society. This is valuable work, but still not what these verses are about.
The fourth group are those of moral (spiritual) strength (Sometimes called strength of character.) These are the one group of people that are not in some way celebrated in today’s society. People who say no! Who act upon a moral absolute! This is what we are called to do. To be patient and long suffering. To draw the lines that are in God’s Word, and bravely weather the onslaught of others. This is the strength discussed in these verses. May God’s People always draw lines and mean it in our lives!