DEVOTION, October 31,Christian behavior
“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ” (Philippians 1:9-10).
God wants those who trust in His Son to be a good example. Paul asks us to abound in love. The Greek word for “abound” means “to increase in magnitude.” To “go beyond,” to “excel.” This is no ordinary love. It is love on steroids. It is a love for God and others, which is so extreme that others cannot help but notice. It is Paul’s way of saying what Jesus said when He declared that we should love God with heart, soul, mind, and strength. Those who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb will strive to reflect this kind of love.
Then Paul want us to increase in knowledge and discernment. He wants us to study the Scriptures carefully in church, in Sunday School, in Wednesday Bible study, and at home. The more we understand God’s Word, the better we will discern the will of God. We will see more clearly those things which are excellent and avoid those things which are evil.
As we practice these things, we become more sincere in our faith. We are far less likely to offend others. Whenever your words or actions offend others, are you acting in love? Do you find anger and revenge arising when someone offends you? If so, you are not reflecting the truth of our text. What do you plan to do about it?
Father, I must confess that sometimes I feel upset and frustrated by the behavior of others. I do not always abound in love. Please forgive me and help me to live my life following Your will. I do not want to offend others, and when I do, please help me to get back on track. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.