7 just as you learned it from Epaphras, our beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf, 8 and he also informed us of your love in the Spirit (Colossians 1).

The name “Epaphras” means “lovely”—so isn’t it fitting that the thing he wanted to make sure Paul knew about the Colossian church was their “love … for all the saints” (vs. 3), as well as their “love in the Spirit.” Actually, it is likely that it was Epaphras—and not Paul—who introduced the gospel to these people. How fitting then, that the one overarching quality of their fellowship was love, having come from a “lovely” man.

This is a good reminder that our greatest influence upon others is that which is the greatest influence upon ourselves—how that which is deemed most precious and important to us will be communicated and received as most precious and important to others.

Lord, help us This Day to influence others with principles founded in the gospel of Jesus. Amen.