Strong and enduring (Col. 1:11)

“May you be made strong

With all the strength

That comes

From Christ’s glorious power.

May you have

All endurance

And patience

With joy.”

ἐν πάσῃ δυνάμει δυναμούμενοι κατὰ τὸ κράτος τῆς δόξης αὐτοῦ εἰς πᾶσαν ὑπομονὴν καὶ μακροθυμίαν, μετὰ χαρᾶς

Paul said, “May you be made strong (δυναμούμενοι) with all the strength (ἐν πάσῃ δυνάμει) that comes from Christ’s glorious power (κατὰ τὸ κράτος τῆς δόξης αὐτοῦ).  May you have all endurance (εἰς πᾶσαν ὑπομονὴν) and patience (καὶ μακροθυμίαν) with joy (μετὰ χαρᾶς).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word δυναμούμενοι, that means to make strong, enable, empower, or strengthen, and the word μακροθυμίαν, that means patience, long-suffering or patience.  Paul wanted the Colossians to be strong with the glorious powerful strength of Jesus Christ.  Thus, they would be able to endure all things and be patient in all things with a sense of Christian joy and grace.  Do you have a patient joy in your life?

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