The word “conflict” is better understood as “struggle”. How much do we struggle for the spiritual well-being of another saint? Do we even know what that is; for them or us?
(Colossians 2:1-3 WEB) 1For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and [for] them at Laodicea, and [for] as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; 2That their hearts may be comforted, being knit together in love, and to all riches of the full assurance of understanding to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 3in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Paul writes about the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. The preface to that is love, assurance, and the mystery of God and Christ. No matter how great the preaching you receive is, it cannot equal the prayerful contemplation of scripture by yourself.
The opening verses to chapter 2 steels us against the corruption of the world and the sweet whispers of the Devil.
(Colossians 2:4-5 WEB) 4And this I say, lest any man should deceive you with enticing words. 5For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.
The value of accountability brothers cannot be overstated. Christian brothers who are transparent with one another are disciplined and focused for the trials ahead of them. The phrase that’s used sometimes for this is “iron sharpens iron”. But even more so; how about hot iron folded on top of itself multiple times.
(Colossians 2:6-7 WEB) 6As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, [so] walk ye in him: 7Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
The video above is embedded. Christ needs to be embedded in the hearts of Christian men.
All too often our prayers within the church revolve around people’s well-being and opportunities. This draws us into ourselves and keeps us out of the spiritual battles that we need to engage in to win our community for Christ. Then we become self-sufficient and no longer sense a need to depend on God. Men who bow before God every day must be willing to shore up the spiritual stamina of their brothers.
Use It Or Lose It
If we don’t struggle for our faith; we’ll lose our faith. Read Revelations 2:2-5 and you’ll see what I mean.
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