Unity in Love
For 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; That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ. (Colossians 2:1-2)
The Greek word Paul uses for conflict means concern. Paul expressed that he was concerned about the churches in Colossae and Laodicea and the churches that were being founded and had not yet met Paul in person.
Paul explained his desire to comfort the hearts of the people and ensure they were being knit together in love.
Paul recognized that unity was one of the primary necessities in the church. He knew that when the church realized the importance of unity, they would have full assurance of understanding and acknowledge the mystery of God, and of the Father and of Christ.
What is that mystery? It is the mystery of their oneness as three separate and uniquely distinct persons that operate together flawlessly as one in name, aim, and purpose.
This is the church's image that God desires: a church united is the greatest fear of the enemy.
How do we get united? Paul explained it in the text as being knit together in love.
When we speak in love, act in love, and show love to our brothers and sisters, we can operate in unity even when we don't see everything the same way.
We don't need to be the same to operate in love. If the world saw a church operating in love despite our differences, they would have a much better picture of the mystery of God.
Practical Application – The next time someone says something that you don't agree with don't take the time to begin a verbal argument. Decide to speak with love, act with respect, and know that you are helping to build unity.
Ephesians 4:3; Ephesians 4:13