Paul has never met the Colossians, but he knows about them because of their reputation. John McGimpsey explains how, as Christians, we should be known for three things: Our faith, our love for each other, and the hope we have laid up in Heaven.
3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, 6 which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, 7 just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your[b] behalf 8 and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.