“9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God”
After his greeting and thanksgiving, Paul gets down to his prayer for the Philippians, what he is desiring and asking God for in them. He prays for them to grow in love, knowledge, and discernment. To what end? To be blameless, pure and righteous.
Catch that? Paul doesn't pray for them to be more faithful church attenders, better speakers, more generous givers, more involved in a Bible study, on the worship team.
He knows that if they grow in love, knowledge, and discernment, a fruitful and God pleasing life will flow from that. And that in turn comes from Christ, for God's glory. Although Paul wants to see their lives transformed, his bigger concern is that the Lord be glorified. As we seek to grow in holy living, is our motivation to just feel good about ourselves or look good to others? Or do we truly desire a transformed life for the sake of Christ? For His glory. I am so thankful that God cares about my growth, and supplies the fruit through Jesus.
Let's ask our selves, how can we grow in those three things?
Love- practice selflessness, serve those around you, get to know others, take time for them.
Knowledge- Spend time in the Word, listen to sermons, read a good book
Discernment- prayer, slow down, listen to people, and listen to the Holy Spirit.
Which of these things stands out to you? How can you grow in love, knowledge, and discernment this week?