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Philippians 1:9-11

Growing Full

Abounding Love
Is your love sufficient? Sometimes we would like to convince
ourselves that it is. But if we are honest with ourselves we will admit that
our capacity to love is limited and sometimes what is supposed to be love
grows into a cold blob of something else. But the fact of the matter is, living
love grows, and should grow healthily in two general directions: toward God
and neighbor. Christians have the inside track to understanding what real
love is because we know God, Who, according to John “IS love” (1 John 4:8,
16). We also know Jesus who displayed the perfection of love by laying His
life down for sinners (1 John 3:16). We also have the Word of God that
directs us in the ways of true, godly, Christ-like love. When God saved us, He
instilled love in us, and yet, that love must mature and develop. Paul
understands that, so he makes that a top priority in his prayers for the
Philippians. Like them, we need prayer for this too, but we also have to
recognize effort is required on our part. How willing are we to learn how to
love more, and more, and more? That’s the idea – our love is to keep
expanding as we grow in the Lord. The more we grow in love for the Lord
the more we will appreciate His will and His ways as revealed in His Word.
This will bear fruit in our lives: our loving desire to obey Him will increase
and we will increasingly display sacrificial love toward one another. As we
will see in the text, growth in genuine love will not only enhance our love for
God and others, it will help us to be wise and discerning in the way we live
our lives and the way we interact with people in our lives and the world
around us.