by Edward Thomason
THAT YOUR LOVE MAY ABOUND Philippians 1:9-11
|Which of the following do you think is most true? Why?
|I. Does our love abound in knowledge and judgment? Vs.
1. What kind of specific knowledge was Paul referring to in this text? (cf., Phil 3:8.) How does one acquire such knowledge according to Paul? (cf., Eph 3:4.)
2. In Romans 10:2-3, Paul wrote of those who had zeal without knowledge. Can one have spiritual insight (discernment) without knowledge of God's will? Does salvation depend in part upon our knowledge and understanding of God's will? (cf., I Timothy. 2:4, Romans 10:17).
3. Notice in our text that Paul's prayer for his brethren is that their love may continuously abound (overflow) in the area of religious knowledge and discernment. It is not unusual to hear brethren pray that we might grow in our love for one another or in our love for the Lord, but how often do we pray that our love might grow more and more in knowledge and judgment?
II. Do our lives reflect a knowledge and judgment rooted in love? Vs. 10-11
1. There are three benefits to having a judgment based upon knowledge that has been immersed in love:
2. The first benefit mentioned is not just the ability to discern what is of value (good from bad), but to actually
"approve" what is
excellent. Why do many people who know what is the right, fail to acknowledge it as such? Is the missing ingredient:
4. In verse 11, Paul mentions the third benefit: "the fruits of righteousness." Paul indicates that this should be a natural byproduct that occurs when our knowledge and judgment (grounded "in love") approves what is excellent and our lives are conducted with sincerity and without offence to God or man.
|1. The apostle Paul connected love with knowledge and
discernment. Without it we are missing an important ingredient of what Christianity is all about.
2. May our love today also abound (overflow) in knowledge and all judgment so that we may approve what is excellent, be sincere without offending God or man, and be filled by Jesus with fruits of righteousness!
|Please read Philippians 1:12-20a for next week copyright © 2001|