Philippians 1:9-11; Mickey Connolly
Philippians 1:9-11 ESV
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Love Paul is speaking of is good Good and their neighbors.
The Philippian church is being tempted to drift from unity.
Coldness to our neighbors comes from coldness towards Jesus.
Love for God has roots in love for God. We love because we are loved.
We cannot will ourselves to love God more, but position ourselves where we can.
Love for God grows through apprehension of the gospel and the Spirit, which then overflows to others. If we find ourselves being selfish, we need to examine our hearty and our love for Jesus.
What is our apprehension of the gospel?
1 John 4:12
By loving others, God abides in us. Love as defined in 2 Cor.
The more fully we respond to God's love the more we show love. It overflows to others.
Why love?: With love, other virtues flow from it.
What does it mean to love with knowledge and discernment?: Biblical love does not equal unjudgmental love. Sometimes people need tough love. It asks how does God love?
Loving with knowledge and discernment helps us to approve what is excellent. Christians should live their lives thoughtfully and carefully, and make good choices. We learn to give our lives to things that matter the most eternally.
Living in a Christian culture can lead to a trap where the American dream becomes the Christians life.
We should have a view towards Christ second coming and be motivated by it. It is they day we should be living for.
Every day we should prepare for the last day. 1 John 4:17
How do we find confidence on that day?
1) We must be a Christian. What did I do with the gospel message?
2) Growing as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Am I growing? Am I missing daily choices to follow him and not live a mediocre Christian life. Am I making disciples?
The fruit of righteousness comes through Christ alone. This does not mean we should be passive. We need to recognize our love comes from Jesus. All this disciple making is possible only thorough Christ.
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