The Son is the image of the invisible God, the one who is first over all creation. —Colossians 1:15
This Scripture passage is a hymn of praise for the wonder that is Christ Jesus. Paul begins this particular letter with celebratory reminders of the great things Jesus has done for his people. It is a classic lesson in group management: Praise publicly and often. Praise before and after offering criticism. Paul has lessons for the Colossians to learn, but he softens his message with reminders of Jesus’ love and power. Because Jesus sacrificed his life for us, it is our joyful responsibility and response to live our lives for his honor and glory. We are led by the Ruler of grace and the Lord of forgiveness.
Questions to Discuss:
What is your favorite hymn? What do the words say about God or your faith?
Do you have a friend, coworker, or mentor who is supportive even as he or she encourages you to improve?
Are you supportive when you should be, or do you tend to be harsh when you criticize? How can you improve your approach?