Day 4 Read: Colossians 1:9-12
9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy;12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
Reflect: Focus on the word patience in that passage. In context, what reward awaits the one who is patient?
Consider: Actually, two forms of that root word are used here so that the text reads “being strengthened with all power.” Thus, Paul stressed the nature and application of the power available to the Christian. The context generally has a specific application for the power expressed, and that is found here. They needed power for enduring the circumstances of life and relating positively to other people. Again, two terms explain the empowering for the believer in the will of God. They are “endurance” (hypomonē) and “patience” (makrothymē). “Endurance” is “the capacity to continue to bear up under difficult circumstances.” Generally in Scripture, this word refers to the events of life which must be endured. On the other hand, “patience” is “a state of emotional calm in the face of provocation or misfortune and without complaining or irritation.” This provocation usually comes from other persons. The two ideas complement each other. Neither circumstances nor people are to upset the person who walks in the will of God. Divine power is available to those who know Christ.4
Respond: How can you be more patient with those around you?
4 Richard R. Melick, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, vol. 32, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1991), 204.