True Friends

Pray for those we love – and be reminded, 
once again, that God’s love unites people as friends – forever!

Friends with a common bond!

TIME has a way of defining true friends.  I have discovered that passing years and growing distance are ineffective obstacles to the mutual love between my friends and me.  Perhaps it is because of our common walk with the Lord that we can just pick up where we left off whenever we are together –  I will spend eternity loving them!

Of course, prayer is an important part of continuing that bond.  Colossians: 1v3-14 is an awesome description of a Christian’s prayer for her friends.  Even though Paul had not even visited the Christians at Colosse (Colossians: 1v7), his love for them through Christ was strong and ardent.

Colossians: 1v1-14

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you
because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints
the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard 
about in the word of truth, the gospel that has come to you.  
All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing,
 just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth.
you learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of
 Christ on our behlaf, and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.
and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.
For all this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you 
and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way:  bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,  being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks
to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints n the kingdom of light.
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves,
in whom we have redemption, by the forgiveness of sins.


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