I read Philippians I verses 9 to11 . It blessed me much.
" And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in judgment; that you may prove things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and with out offence, till the day of Christ ; Being filled with the fruit of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ unto the glory and praise of God".[kjv]
Isn't this what we need today ?
Paul's desire was that those believers be united in love. That love, he is referring to is not carnal love or lust. It is not based on feelings. It was to result in greater knowledge of Christ and discernment of what is right or wrong, good or bad, and vital or trival. It is based on what Christ has done for us. Christ is the Truth. What He taught is to be taken as our lifes' guide line.
As we grow in him, our hearts and minds gets renewed. Our knowledge and understanding affects our judgement and discernment. This in turn has an effect on our approval of the best for us or others. Unless we pray for these we cannot maintain our Christian morals or values.
I like to quote what Henry Drummond said about this love." He who loves will rejoice in the truth. He will rejoice not in what he has been taught to believe, not in this church doctrine or that, not in this ism or that ism, but in the truth. He will strive to get at facts. He will search for truth with a humble heart and unbiased mind and cherish whatever he finds.
Love for truth includes self restraint which refuses to take advantage of others' faults; the charity that delights not in exposing the weakness of others; the sincerity of purpose that endeavors to see things as thay are and rejices to find them better than suspicion feared."
I wished that all of us had this kind of love that sees the bright side .
I prayed the same prayer that Paul prayed for the Philippian believers, for all believers and me. I said,' Lord help us to grow in Christ, the truth, and in His love every day of our lives till Christ returns'.