STRENGTHENED

“Being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father.”        Colossians 1:11-12 NIV

 

These words are so rich in meaning as Paul seeks to express the possibilities and characteristics of the Christian life about which he prays. He prays for the Colossian Christians, and for us, that we will be “strengthened”, and not only so, but “with all power”. We need to take these words and let them change us. How? “According to His glorious might” with the result of having “great endurance and patience”. The worldly person might see these words as an anti-climax when they read of “great endurance and patience”. Patience and endurance without joy is unattractive. But patience and endurance infused with joy, the very life of Jesus Christ, is lived out in the life of His followers – you and me! If we simply resign ourselves to the will of the Lord, it is only in part a Christian virtue, but when you and I joyfully take the things that come upon us, we are manifesting the very life of the Lord Jesus Christ in our lives. We are also reminded by Paul of the importance of thankfulness. One might say that this is the crowning grace for which Paul prays. It means: a heart full of gratitude and gladness, a life full of brightness and joy, a character full of vitality and energy. For the joy of the Lord is, indeed, the strength of His people, and when this element of thanksgiving characterises our life, it gives life to everything else, and crowns all other graces.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, let my life be an expression of thanksgiving for all You have done.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, Your joy is our strength. Let this element of thanksgiving characterise our lives, for it gives life to everything else and crowns all other graces in our lives. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

Galatians 5:22-26

 

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