READ : Colossians 1:3
I remember the best advice I was ever given about dating girls. My counselor, Tom, told me “there are a lot more important qualities to look for in a girl than just what she looks like!” I thought, “Aw, what does he know?” Well, I’ve learned since then that he’s absolutely right.
When we choose friends, do we look for people with whom we want to be seen in order to boost our image? People with influence, skills, or possessions? Think of it who would you be eager be seen with the All-Star first baseman of a baseball team or the bat boy? Who would you be eager to invite to your church the neighbor who is out of work or the new doctor in town?
In his prayer Paul demonstrates that a healthy church is a place where you are loved more for who you are than for what you do, a place where you are loved for your faith and your love. That affirming attitude creates an atmosphere of joy and belonging. God’s Spirit dwells there.
Whom do you know who loves you like that? Have you ever thanked them? How can you be the type of person who accepts others in spite of their flaws or differences?
Father, make me more concerned to love someone for who they are, not for what they can do for me. Amen.