Do you remember your grandmother sitting in her rocking chair and knitting? Her needles twirled and spun as row after row of tiny knots began to form. She examined the pattern, counted stitches, pulled out a few, retied them, and continued. Each knot was held together by the knots surrounding it until she completed her task.
In Colossians 2:2, Paul said, “That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ.” Paul worked diligently to encourage Christians and strengthen them. His goal was for them to receive the riches of full assurance—the value of knowing salvation. Assurance required something. Other Christians.
Paul knew every Christian would face trials and struggles, so he tried to steel them against the temptation to quit or give up. He said Christian hearts needed to be “knit” together with love. Just like a sweater, each knot is held in place by the knots around it. In the church, each Christian is a knot, held in place by the love which surrounds it. If a knot is cut out, the entire sweater can unravel. The same is true in the church, where losing one Christian threatens the whole church. Cohesion requires every Christian to love every other Christian.
Captain and Tennille were right, “love will keep us together.”