A word from the Word

Posted by on Oct 1, 2008 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Philippians 1:9-11
“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”
Instead of ripping into all the verses today in this passage, I want us to meditate on two words, “your love”. The writer of this letter, Paul, to the recipients, the church at Philippi, has greeted them with thanksgiving and joy when he prays for them. He loves these believers.
He shares how he is praying for these believers; that their love may abound still more and more…
Right now I am hearing the Bee Gees singing, “How deep is your love?” As a matter of fact, it’s beginning to annoy me that this secular love song has invaded my thoughts while meditating on Scripture. Then again, it is a rather fitting question to the body of believers today.
How deep is your love for others in the body? Goodness, Paul is praying for these people that it would abound more and more. What? They had love for each other, but perhaps the love they had was “Sunday go to meetin’ kind of love”. You know. Smile. Be kind. Politely ask how they are. Go home. Live your life for six days. Repeat it next Sunday.
Perhaps their love was a surface type of love. We will come back to this tomorrow and continue in the passage to answer some more questions.
In the meantime, let us ask God to show us what our love for our brothers and sisters in Christ is like.

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