I am struggling (Col. 2:1)

“I want you

To know

How much

I am struggling

For you.

I am struggling

For those in Laodicea.

I am struggling

For all

Who have not seen me

Face to face.”

Θέλω γὰρ ὑμᾶς εἰδέναι ἡλίκον ἀγῶνα ἔχω ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν καὶ τῶν ἐν Λαοδικίᾳ καὶ ὅσοι οὐχ ἑόρακαν τὸ πρόσωπόν μου ἐν σαρκί,

Paul said, “I want you (Θέλω γὰρ ὑμᾶς) to know (εἰδέναι) how much (ἡλίκον) I (ἔχω) am struggling (ἀγῶνα) for you (ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν).  I am struggling for those in Laodicea (καὶ τῶν ἐν Λαοδικίᾳ), as well as (καὶ ὅσοι) for those who have not seen (οὐχ ἑόρακαν) my face (τὸ πρόσωπόν μου) in human flesh (ἐν σαρκί) or face to face.”  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἀγῶνα, that means a gathering, contest, or a struggle.  Paul continued to talk about his struggles.  He wanted the Colossians to know how much he cared about them and the people in Laodicea that was nearby, about 10 miles away.  In fact, Paul cared about many of the early Christians that he had not seen face to face.  Once again, this is an indication that he not been to Colossae.  Do you care for people that you have never met?