The faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel. Colossians 1:5
The gospel is the good news of Jesus’ victory over Satan, sin and death. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 summarise this truth: “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” It’s the good news that Jesus Christ died to provide complete forgiveness of sins, and rose again that those who believe in Him might live forever.
As redeemed people of God, we have believed the gospel and received forgiveness of sins. But our walk as Christians does not end there. There is much more to learn and more room to grow. From the verse above, we see three words for children of God to put into practice: faith, love and hope.
True saving faith includes repentance, obedience and good works, for faith produces good works in us
But now abide faith, hope, love… but the greatest of these is love.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we praise and thank You for granting us faith to trust in Your Son, the Lord Jesus, as our Lord and Saviour. Father, help us as your children to walk the talk of faith, love and hope that we saw in the believers at Colossae. May we be genuine in our faith, in our love toward fellow believers, and look for a hope that is in heaven. We pray this in the powerful name of Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
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