Colossians 1:3-8 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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3 Our prayers for you are always spilling over into thanksgivings. We can't quit thanking God our Father and Jesus our Messiah for you! 3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,
4 We keep getting reports on your steady faith in Christ, our Jesus, and the love you continuously extend to all Christians. 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints--
5 The lines of purpose in your lives never grow slack, tightly tied as they are to your future in heaven, kept taut by hope. 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel
6 It's the same all over the world. The Message bears fruit and gets larger and stronger, just as it has in you. From the very first day you heard and recognized the truth of what God is doing, you've been hungry for more. 6 that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit 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 It's as vigorous in you now as when you learned it from our friend and close associate Epaphras. He is one reliable worker for Christ! I could always depend on him. 7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf,
8 He's the one who told us how thoroughly love had been worked into your lives by the Spirit. 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.