February 5, 1984
From Paul’s prayer in Colossians 1, Alistair Begg shows us an example of Christian psychology and gracious tact. As believers, we must not allow ourselves to be trapped in a mindset of superficial optimism, devastating pessimism, or unnatural avoidism. Instead, we can learn from Paul to be encouragingly realistic. The apostle didn’t let difficulties get him down; rather, He always gave thanks to God—in this case, for the faith, hope, love, and fruit of the Colossian believers.
3We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, 6which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, 7just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant.2 He is a faithful minister of Christ on your3 behalf 8and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.
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