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, - Colossians 2:2
I love it when Paul tells us his motives were that people be encouraged in heart, united in love and growth in understanding of you. Too often I have more pedestrian goals for my family and church; like attendance, and conformity and progress on projects. How shallow! How worldly! But to want them to grow in love, unity and spiritual understanding- that guides my leadership in a much deeper direction. It makes me prepare to teach them in their hearts more faithfully. Help me grow in these areas first. Use your Word to take me to new spiritual heights, So, from there I can teach others.
Pastor Don Patterson
Through his word, God restores us to his own likeness and reverses the fall.