ďAnd this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christóto the glory and praise of God.Ē
What an amazing prayer that Paul had for the church in Philippi. I think back to the 1 Corinthians 13 where Paul talks so highly of love. Love is important as we seek to shine Christís light everywhere we go and in all we say and do. Paulís prayer here is that the church abound more and more in love. When we love others sincerely, we really take the time to get to know them, pray for their needs and see what we can do to encourage them.
When we practice loving others as Christ loves us and gave Himself for us, we develop a stronger love and a more dedicated love through servanthood. Our hesitation and reservation to help and love others becomes less because we become more dedicated and committed to serving. This is a journey and a process we grow through as we come closer to God. How could we possibly live a life of servanthood and devotion to Christ and not be a dedicated follower?
As our love grows stronger for God and for others, we develop a desire to seek out needs and how we can encourage others more. As our love continues in depth and insight, the desire in us should grow even stronger to do all we can to shine His light and spread that love He gave us. It wouldnít make sense that our love for God grow, but not for others. It doesnít work that way. When we come to understand more of His love and how we need to show that love to others, the desire should naturally grow as well to love those who donít know Him and share that love and light with them.
The prayer that Paul has for the church in Philippi applies to us just the same. God desires for our love for others to grow so that we can discern what is best and be pure and blameless as we continue to grow and shine for Him.