Codependent in Colossians: A Gospel of Hope
This is the first in the a series entitled A Codependent in Colossians. The purpose of our study is to examine how this amazing epistle speaks directly to the heart of anyone with codependent tendencies (which is just about all of us). In each entry, we’ll take a few verses and briefly apply them to character challenges specific to those who recognize codependency or idolatry in any area of their life.
Following Paul’s example in Colossians, we’ll start off light and get more intimate with each word.
But first, let’s review our series manifesto: Instead of ignoring the pain following the disclosure of our spouse’s sexual sin, we choose to use our trauma as a catalyst for growth, digging deeply into God’s Word in search of spiritual healing and transformation.
Are you ready? Let’s dig in.
The Gospel of Hope
by Kim Pullen
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“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your FAITH in Christ Jesus and of the LOVE you have for all God’s people—the FAITH and LOVE that SPRING from the HOPE stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard about in the word of truth, THE GOSPEL THAT HAS COME TO YOU.”
The gospel came to me in my first semester of college as the sports editor of my community college newspaper. I was interviewing the captain of wrestling team and after the interview, he invited me to a midweek church service. I went. I was so impacted that I came back the following Sunday where a couple of the single women found me playing wallflower and invited me to study the Bible (the gospel). Ten days later, I was baptized. That was 37 years ago.
Faith and love have continued to spring forth in the premature death of my firstborn son, Aiden; with the autism diagnosis of my second son, Tristan; in the challenges and struggles with my daughter’s learning disabilities; and finally with my separation of four years due to my husband’s sexual sin.
I couldn’t have survived all that without the hope Jesus offers in the scriptures.
So when Paul says that our faith and love spring from the hope we heard about in the gospel, I can’t help but say, “Amen.”
QUESTION: When did the gospel first plant hope in your heart and life? How has it impacted your life?
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