A letter to all from my heart as we approach the beginning of a New Year…

“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:2)

I’ve thought so much about “things” and “gifts” and “blessings” over the Christmas giving season and have desired to handle all things wisely and to honor the Lord in all. I think of the peace that Christ brought and the freedom we have in Him and I long to always be careful to keep my eyes fixed on Him in all circumstances and to give Him thanks for all.

I’ve been reading quite a bit in Colossians this past week and find so much encouragement. So many things catch my eye and heart and bring together for me the very desires of my own heart and, as always, places where I’m lacking. Colossians 2:2-3 “That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the the acknowledgement of the mystery of God and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” These two verses are packed with meaning and truth from which we can all draw goodness. Look at how Paul desired for his brothers and sisters in Christ to be comforted, to have hearts “knit together in love.” And see that we find where all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are to be found…in Christ. The rich, goodness of God’s Word amazes me over and over again and I see, as with new eyes, more of Him each time I draw near Him through reading HIs Word.

I think of how we ought to love one another and what comfort there is to be found in relationships that are rooted in Christ’s love. “Perfect love casts out fear” and surely this Christ-love we are to have one toward another is fully forgiving, fully embracing, and unfailing. What comfort we would have if only we operated in His Love! No need to feel insecure, no need to second-guess what someone thought or thinks about us…comfort, loved…what a gift.

Colossians 3:15-17 “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also you are called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.”

In order to have the word of Christ dwell richly in us in all wisdom, we must study and know the word of Christ and keep His Words at the forefront of our minds, and our hearts stayed on Him. In other words, we must take to heart what He says and do our best to live it out in all circumstances, in all relationships, with tenderness of heart and in continual prayer and thanksgiving.

We find “the full assurance of understanding” by communing with the Lord in our hearts and minds through His Spirit and His Word, these two I find to be inseparable. And we are only able to have the peace of God reigning in our hearts when we have the full assurance of understanding. I often find myself praying for my children when I read scripture. I know the deepest desires of my own heart as they are stirred up in the presence of God’s Truth. Of all things, I desire most for my family to fully know, to fully surrender, and to fully honor the Lord. How precious He is to give me hope, peace, and trust…full assurance of understanding in His Spirit, His Word, and His love.

May you all be comforted and experience Christ’s love in this coming year and all others.

Lovingly,
Andrea

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