718. Linnea’s baptism — following her profession of faith a few years ago
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, Linnea.
We have heard you tell of your faith in Christ Jesus, and we have seen the love you have for Jesus and for others.
Faith and love spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven, and you have already heard about this faith and love in the word of truth, the gospel that has come to you.
Since before you were born, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
And we continue to pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way; bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, Who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.
For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in Whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your heart on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
-from Colossians 1:3-14 and 3:1-4
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