Let your roots grow down deep into Him ( Jesus ) and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.  Colossians 2: 7 When Paul wrote the above verse he was writing the church in Colosse, he was troubled that they would be deceived and since they’d never met Paul personally he wanted to encourage them. He wanted them to understand they were not alone, and that they where loved and covered with the truth. He wanted them to understand who Christ Jesus was and that He was everything they’d ever need. > Let your roots grow down deep into Him: He wanted them to understand the importance of being rooted in Christ. When your life is rooted in Christ your life will reflect all that He is. He will be your nourishment and your every breathe will be guided by Him. > Let your lives be built on Him: Not only did Paul want them to be rooted in Christ but he wanted them to understand building a firm foundation in all Christ is. When the foundation of all you are is built on love then all that people will see is love. Your purpose of reconciling humanity to its creator will be evident because love will be your guide. > Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught…: As a leader he understood his goal was to drive them back to Christ ( the supreme authority ). He KNEW that once they were rooted in Christ and their foundation was built on love that they would begin to truly understand the purpose and mission. If you know what your mission is but do not understand its purpose then you will waver in its execution — Paul wanted to make sure they understood that their faith needed to be strong, rooted and cemented to the truth of Christ (LOVE). > ..and you will overflow with thankfulness. : God’s will for our lives is to be thankful in every circumstance, but we as people find it difficult to be thankful for something we don’t need or want. There is someone in my life who loves me A LOT. Although this person loves me they give me the worst gifts. I mean THE WORST ever! But at the end of the day I am still grateful, and though the situation isn’t ideal I can still see the love in it. Paul wanted these people to see the love in every circumstance and He knew the persecution of the day and that love would give them the “God Filter” they would need to be grateful. [highlight] God knows the persecution and trials of your day. He wants to cover you in His love so that you will have peace. Root yourself in Christ and allow God to build your foundation on His Love, then and only then will you be able to walk out His will for your life by being grateful in every circumstance. Be Encouraged. [/highlight]   rooted, Charise]]>