The illustration for today’s lesson is a knitted scarf.

Knitted Together In Love

Col. 2:1-4

Paul had struggled for the church and wanted them to be together in love.  Is it possible for humans to be knitted together as a unified whole?  It isn’t possible without God’s help.

Phil.  2:1

This is a list of what God has done and continues to do for us.

  • By God’s love, Christ lifts us up
  • The working of the Spirit lifts us up
  • God gives us the ability to have compassion for others.

God gives us the ability to be knit together in love.  On our own we can’t control our human tendencies.  We can become different people by having faith in God.  Christians carry out the workings of God’s Spirit in the world.  If we have the right equipment humans can do incredible things.  God has given us the spiritual equipment to do his work of love in the world. 

Encouraging the Hebrew Christians

Heb. 3:12-15

Don’t slide back – encourage each other everyday

We do physical things constantly to stay alive.  We need to be as attentive to keep our spirits alive.

Heb. 6:17-18

God encourages us to hold onto your hope.  Why question our eternal life?

Heb. 10:23-25

Encourage one another by building up each other by getting together with one another.  Encouragement is powerful.

Other Examples

Eph. 6:18-22, Col. 4:7-9, 1 Thess. 3:1-3, 2 Cor. 2:5-11

  •  These are examples of sending people to encourage those who are isolated through physical distance, circumstances, or sin.  Satan looks for those in isolation.  How can you encourage others today?

Everyone Encouraging

Rom. 12:4-13

God has given everyone something to offer the group.  Pray, Give, love, teach, be hospitable are some things open for us.

Eph. 4:14-16

The body builds itself up through love.   We need to be together to build up others and build up the body.  God saves us so we can be an influence to others.

—Robert Lee, 1-29-06, a.m.

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