Colossians 1:1-7 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints; because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth…
Faith, love and unity go together. They can’t be separated.
When one comes to a true and saving faith in Jesus Christ—by grace believing that Jesus died on the cross and rose again on Easter Sunday for our forgiveness—naturally causes us to love the Jesus who suffered all these things and gave all these things to us.
With our hearts filled in love for Jesus, we begin naturally to love other people. Sometimes people aren’t all that easy to love. And, if we’re honest with ourselves, we have to admit that we say and do things that make us difficult to love as well. But faith in Jesus naturally leads Christians to love each other. This is the peace that Paul talks about here.
As Christians love one another, they grow in unity. We are united in our faith; we are baptized into one Baptism; we have one Lord, Jesus Christ, one hope.
But still more will be added to the blessings we receive from Jesus. There is laid up for us treasures in heaven! There is promised to us the Resurrection of the faithful to eternal life. There is laid up for us fellowship with Jesus in the heavenly realms—where there will be joy and laughter forever.
Grant dearest Lord, that by the grace giving to us by our Lord, Jesus Christ, that we would enjoy peace and unity in our time, love for all people, and eternal joy in the world to come; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.