For this series in Philippians, I am going to limit each post to one verse, and hopefully produce a short, succinct read for my friends who follow.
1:9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,
Paul consistently emphasizes one Christian characteristic over all others in his writings. If he speaks of knowledge, it was to increase love. If he speaks of discernment, it was to increase love.
To seek knowledge and discernment is a godly exercise, and yet if it gets derailed, or becomes an end game of its own, it is short sighted and misses the mark. Each endeavor of the Christian is to focus on love towards the Lord Jesus and to His people. Love is so primary in the Christian life that it would be accurate to state it is to consume the saint.
Each saint may find differing ways of expressing this love, either through service, or administration, teaching or acts of mercy, but each act of the Christian is to be motivated by love. A self sacrificing, joy filled love that reflects the Lord’s nature and character.
Remember the end game brothers and sisters.
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