1I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. 2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. 5 For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.
We all have goals at work if we want to be productive and meet certain objectives set by your boss or the company management. At home, we also have goals for our family in terms of education and holiday planning. We’re also trying to get the kids a goal to read a certain number of books through the summer. Paul also had a goal for the disciples in Laodicea. His goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding.
We need to consider what Paul did to encourage the disciples. What did he do to keep the disciples united in Christ? Could it be a visit from him, a special guest speaker or some type of retreat? I believe that the best solution was for Paul to remind the disciples about Christ and the truth about the salvation. He wanted to ensure that the disciples are not deceived by fine-sounding arguments and be misled into incorrect doctrine and thinking. We can also be encouraged to know that through the study of God’s word, we can know the truth. We have access to the Bible and can study for ourselves what the truth is so that we can be united with all our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.