Posted by Murray Smith

“My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love …” Col 2:2

The worshipping community in Colossae had allowed themselves to be led astray by fine “sounding arguments” and “hollow and deceptive philosophy.” As a result their hearts were not in good condition. Our life experience today tells us this is still true, because whenever we give our “heart” to someone else we also give it away to the philosophy of life they represent …

Hearts can be disappointed.

Hearts can be bruised.

Hearts can be broken.

The good news is hearts that have been damaged by people and their particular philosophy of love and life can be put back together. Paul goes onto explain the outcome of an encouraged heart

“… So that they may have the full riches of complete understanding,

In order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,

In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

So it does not really seem worthwhile to brood over your discouraged heart. It will be far better to council your heart with words of truth so that you have access to God’s hidden treasures in Christ Jesus. These words of truth should include owning your decisions, the fact that you have allowed yourself to be influenced by another person and their way of thinking. Isn’t this a far better long term option than continuing to follow the hollow thinking of empty human promises and platitudes? Be courageous. Do what you know is best for heart today.

Prayer: Father, thank you that we can come openly to you with the condition of our hearts. Thank you that no heart condition is beyond repair through honest repentance and powerful grace.