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This Morning’s Message: from Colossians 2:2-3

Good morning! I’m back again – and I thank you for your patience with me. To update those of you who have been following, I’m recovering from what turned out to be an internal injury of sorts. Once my husband and I figured out what was happening, my healing began. I’m noticing improvements weekly as symptoms disappear, and though I haven’t reached 100% quite yet, we are hopeful that day will come. It’s good to be able to sing again; I can usually make it through one or two songs during praise and worship time at church. I’m not running again just yet, but I can walk some each day. Thank you again for your prayers! I know they make a difference.

Today I’m introducing a new feature to this blog: This Morning’s Message. Like many of you, I start each day with my Bible, my journal, and a devotional or two. This Morning’s Message won’t be my message to you, but God’s message to me – as I understand it – shared with you. Interestingly enough, this morning’s message just happens to relate. (I love it that God works this way! He lives in the coincidence.)

Colossians 2:2-3 says, My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

My simple takeaway: When God’s people pull together, they gain more of God’s love and wisdom. He has designed us to need each other. The more unified we are in Him, the stronger and more effective we become in service to His Kingdom. We gain the full riches of complete understanding and knowledge of Christ (through whom we can find the treasures of wisdom and knowledge) by encouraging one another and striving for unity.

God didn’t stop there today, though. While reading through the most recent release of Jerry Bridges’s book, Transforming Grace, I found these verses:

“They will be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me and that all will then go well for them and for their children after them. I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me. I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul.”Jeremiah 32:38-41

Bridges and his wife had these verses read at their wedding; I love that! Ideally a married couple is its own, little, unified-by-God community, and when husband and wife strive for singleness of heart and action under God’s direction, their children and their children’s children, along with everyone else God brings them into contact with, are blessed.

When God’s children strive for unity, encouraging each other and sharing God’s gifts, everybody benefits.

Lord, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, to show us the way. Please help us to encourage each other and live evermore united in His love. For the glory of Your Kingdom and the honor of Your name, Amen.

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Janet Benlien Reeves

Reader, Writer, Runner, Flower Hunter, Child of God, Prince Charming's Wife, Mom Prone to Cheer
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