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Colossians 1 verses 5 to 7

1:5 Your faith and love have arisen from the hope laid up for you in heaven, which you have heard about in the message of truth, the gospel 1:6 that has come to you. Just as in the entire world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, so it has also been bearing fruit and growing among you from the first day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth. 1:7 You learned the gospel from Epaphras, our dear fellow slave – a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf – 1:8 who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

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Listening Prayer Method

Are You Motivated by Heaven?

1:5 Your faith and love have arisen from the hope laid up for you in heaven, which you have heard about in the message of truth, the gospel 1:6 that has come to you. Just as in the entire world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, so it has also been bearing fruit and growing among you from the first day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth.

Key Words:
Your – Colossians
Faith and love – trust and commitment to others
Hope – confidently looking forward
Heaven-the dwelling place of God and His Angels and His Saints
The Gospel – the good news
Grace – undeserved favor

Bob, Heaven is yours, you know about it by my true gospel.  Heaven is not only yours, but for all my family.  Heaven is yours because of my grace.  You didn’t have to do anything to earn heaven.  My Son did it all by His righteous life and by his death, burial, and resurrection for your sins.  Your sins are forgiven, and now you can live with me in heaven.  This grace is motivating you all to grow in faith and show love to others.  This message of grace is bringing forth life toward me in yourself and to those all around the world.  Keep meditating how wonderful heaven will be, so your faith and love will continue to grow.

Are we sharing the good news?

1:7 You learned the gospel from Epaphras, our dear fellow slave – a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf – 1:8 who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

Bob, be thankful for all those who told you this true gospel.  Do you remember those who worked to tell you the good news?  Think of each name.  Also, you have a responsibility and privilege to share the gospel with others.  Be a faithful minister of Christ.  Tell your children, your family, and tell your friends.  Not only tell them, but teach them.  It has to be learned, it may take time and repetition for them to learn.  Be faithful, and minister to others what my Son did for the world.

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