Discipleship Changes the Heart



Three characteristics of the discipled individual are: encouragement, affection, and confidence.

What is discipleship?

Colossians 2:1–3 says, “For I want you to know how great a struggle I have on your behalf and for those who are in Laodicea, and for all those who have not personally seen my face, that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ himself."

Three characteristics of the discipled individual have been described: encouragement, affection, and confidence. The last quality is the confidence of the well-loved person. In verse three, Paul gives the result of those three qualities being in a disciple's life. The result is a true knowledge or true experience of Christ himself.

The goal of God the Father is to adopt many sons and daughters whom He loves the way He loves His own Son. He brings us into the circle of love of the Trinity, so we can experience Christ’s life as a well loved son of God. We can experience Christ’s character. We can experience and participate in Christ's ministry. All of these things are the goal in true discipleship. It revolves around the relationship with the Trinity, profound changes in the life, and ultimately the experience of the Christ life.


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