Daily Archives: January 25, 2019
Welcome to 2019! This month, we are walking slowly through the book of Colossians. Paul wrote this letter to the church at Colossae, and Philemon which we’ll be reading in February, when he was imprisoned in Rome. This book offers practical guidelines for Christian living as well as encouragement and warning. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
7 Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. 8 I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts. 9 He is coming with Onesimus, our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you. They will tell you everything that is happening here.
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Paul describes Tychicus as a 1) dear brother, 2) faithful minister, and 3) a fellow servant of the Lord. Three desired traits and high praise, for sure! He comes to Colosse with the sole purpose of encouragement along with Onesimus, whom Paul could have introduced to the Colossians as a runaway slave, an outcast deserving of punishment. Instead, he is regarded as a faithful and dear brother.
How do we talk about fellow Christians? Do we focus on their good traits or their bad ones. Jesus sees us as forgiven. He doesn’t care about our past. So we shouldn’t dwell on the past mistakes of others, either. We need to be genuine with each other. Tychicus’s purpose was to encourage, full stop. Not “encourage, and” or “encourage, but…” Just encourage. In the same way, we shouldn’t have an agenda when engaging with others.
Father, let us see others as You see them. And help us to see even ourselves as You see us. Remind us to focus on the good in others, just as we’d like them to focus on the good in us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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