The Heartfelt Conflict Of Paul

 

Colossians 2:1

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The Heartfelt Conflict Of Paul

For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, (Colossians 2:1, NKJV)

The Heartfelt Conflict Of PaulThis great conflict was inside Paul (I have for you). It wasn’t that Paul fought with others about the Colossian Christians. Paul described his spiritual warfare and heartfelt care for the Colossians as a great conflict.

Paul used athletic imagery in Colossians 1:29 (striving), and he continues that sports metaphor with the words great conflict.

Apparently, Paul had never visited Colosse himself. Most of the Colossian Christians had never seen his face in the flesh. Even as Paul’s authority extended to those he had never met, to those who had never seen his face, so it also extends to us.

Prayer

Lord God, give us the heart of a prayer warrior that we would engage on the front lines of Your kingdom to intercede on behalf of the brethren. Break our hearts for what breaks Your heart. In Jesus name, Amen.

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