5 For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ (Colossians 2).
It’s a wonderful thing to know someone’s on your side, who’s got your back. It doesn’t even matter whether they are physically present or not. Just being there “with you in spirit” is enough—you can still sense their presence as they are rooting you on even from afar. You know they are “rejoicing” over you.
The words “good discipline” come from one military word meaning “orderly arrangement” as in trained soldiers falling in line. The word “stability” (which is found nowhere else in the New Testament) is also a military term meaning “a solid front” as in soldiers positioned and ready for any onslaught by the enemy.
Thus, Paul is like a general looking on his array of soldiers, with no one in particular in view—yet each soldier feeling as if his general’s eyes are directly on him.
Lord, thank You for having Your eyes directly on all of us even at the same time. Help us This Day to serve You as faithful soldiers of Jesus Christ. Amen.