Let LOVE Abound!

“And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; ” Philippians 1.9

As Paul addresses the Philippian church, he is teaching them the various elements of the believer’s life. One of those is “joy”. Another of them is “love.” In this verse he is encouraging them to let their love abound. If something “abounds”, that means it exists in large amounts. All of us like to receive love from others, but does our love ABOUND as we interact with others? Paul’s prayer for them is this: “that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment.” These believers were already abounding in love, and now he is urging them on to MORE love. The way he will know this is happening will be reflected in the KNOWLEDGE they display and the JUDGMENT they exercise. When KNOWLEDGE is used in love, it takes into account what one knows and allows some leeway for what the other does not know. In other words, I must not display a superior attitude because I know something you don’t know. When love abounds in JUDGMENT, something powerful happens. Look at Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 13 when he talks about love: “Charity (love) suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, (5) Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; (6) Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; (7) Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” (1 Corinthians 13.4-7) A careful look at Paul’s words quickly reveals that “love puts up with a lot.” Is that kind of love observable in YOUR life? I pray that it is observable in my life. Just My Thoughts  …

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