March 10, 2011
Colossians 1:11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy
I love the first part of this verse…”power according to HIS glorious might…), not mine or yours but HIS. What comfort and freedom there is in knowing that we will not have to depend on what we can do, but on what His strength will enable us to do. The NKJV uses the word longsuffering and the ESV uses the word endurance in the second part of this verse. I’m not sure but I think that perhaps longsuffering gives a better description to what the verse is referring to. According to MSB, the terms patience, endurance (longsuffering) are called to be our attitude during trials. For us trials are a daily experience, I mean is there a day that goes by without some type of trial? True some are worse than others. Patience is used to refer to how we deal with difficult circumstances and endurance (longsuffering) is used to refer to how we deal with difficult people. I love how God knew in our lives we would encounter times and people that would try us; He knew that left on our own we could not handle the hard situations or the hard people in our lives. So, He gave to us His strength to help us.