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.
1:10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,
Remember from our last verse that the topic is to abound in love more and more. In increasing our knowledge and exercising discernment, Paul open up the option for each believer to approve what is excellent. Paul was not a micro-manager. He trusted that those in Philippi would come to godly conclusions from their walk with the Lord, and that when various decisions would be required, this knowledge and discernment would serve the young church in testing the facts and finding the best route for this church.
The intent of exercising this knowledge and discernment was for love to abound, and in this effort, these Philippians would be pure and blameless in the day of Christ
To be “pure” here is synonymous to sincerity. An element of genuineness is included in this Greek word.
To be blameless is to be without offence. This term always troubled me until I understood the concept of keeping all my known sins confessed both to God and to those I have wronged. To err is human, and we all fall into times when we may offend God or a fellow man or woman, but to let this fester and remain unresolved is to be blameworthy. To request forgiveness is to remove this blameworthiness. Offenses may be removed through the power of forgiveness, which is exercised through love.
Love is so important for the believer!
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