Colossians 1:2-12 (New International Version)

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2 To the holy and faithfula brothers in Christ at Colosse: Grace1 and peace to you from God our Father.b2

Thanksgiving and Prayer

3 We always thank God,3 the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love4 you have for all the saints5-- 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope6 that is stored up for you in heaven7 and that you have already heard about in the word of truth,8 the gospel 6 that has come to you. All over the world9 this gospel is bearing fruit10 and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God's grace in all its truth. 7 You learned it from Epaphras,11 our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister12 of Christ on ourc behalf, 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.13 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you,14 we have not stopped praying for you15 and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will16 through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.17 10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy18 of the Lord and may please him19 in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,20 11 being strengthened with all power21 according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,22 and joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father,23 who has qualified youd to share in the inheritance24 of the saints in the kingdom of light.25
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