“that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ”
The first of four lines of defense against attack upon truth is the Word of God (previous studies). God strengthens our hearts by the Word.
that their hearts may be encouraged
“Encouraged” means literally to call along side. It means to call upon someone who is near at hand. It eventually came to mean to call upon resources for help in time of need.
What are the resources to help in time of need for the Christian? Here someone comes alongside to teach us what we need in times of difficulty. It is not the person per se but the truth that the person brings that encourages us. It is the truth that stabilizes us in difficulty.
Truth stabilizes us in times of difficulty.
From the inculcation of truth we mount a counterattack against sham or counterfeit ideas. When we call upon truth or utilize truth when things fall apart around us, we will experience God’s peace. We will demonstrate to a lost world that not only does Jesus Christ save us eternally but he saves us in time. That is entirely apart from personal resources. He saves us by the Word of God. How much time have you spent behind this first line of defense?