Scripture Reading: Philippians 1:1-11
“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11)
Paul’s epistles are filled with the word “love.” He uses the word agape in this passage. Paul knew that this love is entirely dependent upon God’s love — “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:1,2). It is the love of Christ that enables our love for others to abound.
The extent of the love of Christ is incomprehensible — “And to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19). God wants us to grasp how great and wonderful Christ’s love is for us — “that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment.” When we begin to understand how much we are loved by God, our love for Him grows more and more. And as we love Christ more, we will be able to abound in our love for others.
When we love Christ, we will desire to please Him. We will want what is excellent and we will want to keep ourselves pure and blameless. Love become the great motivation for holiness. It also points us to the spiritual fruit that pleases God, “the fruit of righteousness that comes from Jesus Christ.” It is Christ’s righteousness that has been imputed to us that enables us to be blameless before God.
Lord Jesus, Lover of my soul, thank You for loving me the way that You do. You love me unconditionally and sacrificially. I know that You will never stop loving me. It is Your love that enables me to love others, especially those who are difficult to love. Grant me grace to abound in my love for you and for others.
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