Even though I know better, I still love a good Hollywood romance (the clean kind), as well as the notion that when people love each other, it should feel good…right. It should come natural.
But it doesn’t always.Rarely so.
“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment…” Phil 1:9
In a nutshell, biblical love is always good friends with Knowledge and Discernment, and there’s always room to grow. With growth comes growing pains. And anyone who is close to me knows I’m comfort-driven and I’d prefer to have pain as far away from me as possible.
Once again it boils down to Truth-filled, Christ-centered faith. Do I pray for knowledge and discernment to accompany my love for others? When the Lord gives them to me, do I act on them no matter the cost or pain? Do I prefer the comfort of false peace and surface love or do I desire His higher call?
“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.” Philippians 1:9-11
As the Lord has encouraged me to walk in this Truth this morning, I pray the same for all of us who desire to depend on and abide in Him more fully. If we long to love the Lord’s way, we must remember to invite Love’s friends along too. We may not enjoy their company at first, but little by little, by the grace of God, our hearts will make room for them to live for good.
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