That Love May Abound

Don’t miss out on reading my weekly journal and get a sense of what the Lord has been speaking to us about.  For those of you that are not part of CityWide, I believe it is for you too!  Get along to church if you can, 10am on Sunday, and hear what is on God’s heart.

We have just commenced a series on the Book of Philippians.  This was a letter written by Paul, whilst in prison in Rome, to the believers in Philippi in or around 61AD.  Paul loved this group of believers and remembered them in prayer every day.

The Book of Philippians encourages the believer (you and I) to live with joy and rejoicing independent of our situation and circumstance.  Paul knew a little bit about struggles, trials, tough circumstances…even imprisonment.

Paul’s prayer for them (us) is found in Philippians 1:9-11…go ahead and read it.  He sets the foundation for the rest of the letter to be well received by praying these three things:

·         that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment;

·         that you may approve the things that are excellent; and

·         that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ

Let love abound in and through your life.  Abound means to overflow.  Let love overflow still more and more by going over and above in showing love to someone this week.  Let them experience the love that comes from knowing Christ.

May you approve, meaning to test for approval, those things which are important.  Test them against God’s standards and values.  Things of excellence are things of greater value.  None of us operates in life without some scale of values. The question is not whether we have a scale of values; the question is more which scale of values we choose. Do we choose God’s highest values or set values we may prefer?

Be sincere, that is to be real and authentic, and without offense, blameless, until the day Christ returns.

Ultimately, we are to bring glory to God through our lives and we will be better equipped to do that if we take on these three points that Paul prayed.

May you be blessed today!

Ps. Adrian

Adrian Olney