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I want you to know how hard I am struggling for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. 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. I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.

Colossians 2:1-5

In these verses, Paul mentions to his readers that he has been “struggling” for them (v. 1) and that his struggle was that they come to know the full riches of a complete understanding of the mystery of God, namely Christ (v. 2). We know that the “mystery of God” is one of the ways that Paul refers to the Gospel, so he is struggling so that the people might come to see all that they have in the Gospel. To put it another way, Paul is struggling to make disciples, to assist these people in growing in their faith to a mature level of understanding.

It struck me that this is what we are all called to do. To “struggle” so that our brother or sister may come to fully understand the riches that are in Christ is our purpose in this life.

In verse 3, Paul goes on to say that in Christ are all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, and it strikes me that this statement runs counter to what the world around us sees as “wisdom and knowledge.” Verses four and five are really telling. Paul tells his readers that he is doing this so they will not be deceived by “fine-sounding arguments.” I love that, “fine-sounding arguments” What shall we take from this? As I see it, we have a serious role to play in leading our “younger” brother to stand firm in the knowledge and truth of Christ, to help them, to guide them and yes, to struggle for them so that they will not be deceived by the “wisdom” of this age, and to nurture them into the fullness of Christ. I wonder how often we see this imperative as our goal, rather than looking out for ourselves only…

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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4 Responses to Struggles

  1. The word ” STRUGGLES”, caught my eye but it came at a good time. I just found out that my so called friend told someone else, that I had been stealing her medications, which is totally untrue. I’m beginning to think and feel I can trust know one with anything. I feel like I want to respond to this allegation, but with a Christ like attitude. I am a christian and depend on Jesus for everything, he’s my Savior , how can I with the hurt I feel right now. I guess I’ll wait on the Lord to RENEW my thoughts and give me the strength and wisdom to do the right thing.

    • Don Merritt says:

      Oh my, I’m so sorry to hear that. It occurs to me that sometimes waiting on the Lord for renewal IS the right thing to do. O pray you find His peace in this situation, and that somehow through these sad circumstances, he will not only bring peace and healing, but that He will be glorified in you.

  2. paulfg says:

    “For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit … ”

    Caught my attention! This blog post, prayer, love, all the words we use and share, so often “absent from you in body” – but always “present with you in spirit” …

    And yet “God” so often this unreal vaporous belief we struggle with – and all around us everyday we so readily accept “absent in body” as meaningless to a connection, a relationship, a love affair.

    Pondering again Don, thank you.

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