To love is to know

I want this for you so much I am in agony: that you be encouraged and comforted in your hearts and be knit together and united in love toward experiencing all the riches that comes with full assurance of understanding of the knowledge of God’s mystery of God the Father and of Christ, in whom is hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Col. 2:1-2

What is it that Paul wants for the Colossians? to feel encouraged and comforted and to unite in love
What is the result of this? experiencing benefits that come with assurance of understanding
What is this understanding? knowledge of God’s mystery
Where is the knowledge found? in Christ (where all the wisdom and knowledge is found, btw)
What’s the mystery again? A few verses up Paul said that the mystery is “Christ in you the hope of glory.”

So in order to attain this knowledge Paul is basically telling the Colossians to love. Apparently this knowledge, this mystery of God, involves more than intellectual pursuit. Relationships and emotions are involved in knowing. The heart of the Father and of Christ are “God so loved the world…” (Jn. 3:16) The prayer of Christ to the Father is that “they [us] be one as we are one.(Jn. 17:22) Love doesn’t necessarily mean that we will agree about everything. It doesn’t mean scholarship is not important. But it looks like the deep and satisfying experience of being in Christ is not something we obtain through nailing down our theology and convincing others we are right. Christ in us means love in us.

Lord, lead me deeper into the mystery of love and help me to recognize and embrace its riches.