Philippians 1:9 (NIV): And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight.
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Paul teaches us what it means to abound more and more in knowledge.
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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
Have you ever thought about what you pray? Many of us seem to focus on physical or material needs. Why? Possibly because we believe these things will bring us happiness. But the Apostle Paul knew the truth - that true joy and happiness come from a loving relationship with God, and he expressed that joy throughout his letter to the Philippians.
In our last episode, we began looking at Paul’s prayer for the Philippians as it focused on one main thing - LOVE, specifically that our love would abound more and more. Everything else that Paul prays here revolves around God’s agape love.
In Philippians 1 verse 9, Paul begins by saying, “And this is my prayer, that your love would abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight.”
So, Paul prays that the believers’ love would grow in knowledge. The Greek Word Paul uses here refers to a deep or intensive spiritual knowledge. In other words, this is WAY more than simple intellectual knowledge. Paul is saying that as you study God’s Word and actually put it into practice in your life, you’ll experience a greater depth of God’s love and that love will abound or overflow from your life into others.
And, this love isn’t some hippy emotional love that just loves everybody no matter what. “Oh man just do what feels good in your heart.” No, this is dangerous and destructive. This is not using the knowledge that you have experienced from God’s Word.
The most unloving thing you could do for someone is say, “Oh, now brother in Christ, I know you’re living in sin, but I don’t want to offend you. I just want to love you.” That is not a knowledge kind of love. Agape love, God’s kind of love, would address the sin head on. OR maybe you say something like, “But I just feel so many emotions for my best friend’s husband. I just know it’s love. One night won’t hurt anything.” These feelings can cause complete and utter devastation that will take years to repair. That is not using knowledge based on Agape love. Agape love does not make decisions based on emotion. The knowledge Paul is referring to here says “What does God’s Word say? What’s the most loving thing I can do for this person?”
So your Simple Truth for today: A deep, intimate experiential knowledge of God’s Word is key to directing your decisions and actions toward others.
And how do you get that knowledge? One simple way is continuing to listen to The Simple Truth and experiencing God’s tremendous love for you through His Word.
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