By Kimberly Schwindt
We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus
and of your love for all the saints;
because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven,
of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel.
Colossians 1:3-5 (NKJV)
I recently pondered these verses and I thought about the love that these brothers and sisters had for one another. It says that their love was a result of ‘the hope’ that was laid up for them in heaven.
In First Peter, we learn about a ‘living hope’ (1:3) that Christians have in Christ. The New Living Translation reads, “Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance –“ (1:3b, 4).
I am very thankful to Jesus for the price He paid for my salvation. He suffered for my sins, “the just for the unjust, that He might bring [me] to God” (1 Peter 3:18). He is therefore my Living Hope, and for this reason I can love as Christ first loved me.
I have been blessed recently to watch some animations put to music which clearly present the Gospel. Here is one of them:
We are called as Christ followers to forgive as He has forgiven us and to “put on love, which is the bond of perfection” (Colossians 1:13b, 14).
I am thankful to Jesus who has loved me with an everlasting love and draws me with His lovingkindness.
Kimberly Schwindt, who presently resides in Elmira, ON, is a laid down lover of Jesus seeking to make the most of every opportunity to share His LOVE with others. Whether at home or somewhere across the world, Jesus has used Kimberly to present many with the Good News of Jesus Christ! One way she is currently sharing Christ's LOVE is by ministering to children at a weekly after school Good News Club in Kitchener, ON. (Check out this video from the American Good News Club website)