I thank my God, making mention of thee in my prayers, hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast towards the Lord Jesus, and towards all the saints; that the communication of your faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus – Philemon 1:4-6

LIGHT FOR NOW:  Progress in your love walk cannot be possible outside knowledge.

We’ve come to see from careful observation of Paul’s word in Philippians 1:9-11 that the prayer of Paul was that believers will make progress in this love walk towards others. And Paul explained in context of verse 9 that this progress was going to be possible in knowledge and in all judgment. Let’s observe Philippians 1:9-11 again, “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God”. As we deduced conclusively, Paul in essence was referring to the believer having a precise understanding of who he is in Christ; his nature which is love. Notice that Paul said “and in judgment” having said “in knowledge”. This shows that he was particular about the “judgment”. That is, the “judgment” was to further explain the essence of the “knowledge”. That word “judgment” which is “aisthesis” in Greek refers to your value, what you like and what you appreciate on your own.

In other words, Paul explained that the love walk presents choices. Thus, to walk in love simply means, I (the believer) have a choice to make; there is a choice that is apparent. The result of this prayer (verse 9) is seen in verse 10, “That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ”. The word “approve” implies to test run, to examine, to discern. The word excellent which is “diaphero” in Greek implies something that is better and important. This shows that in the believer’s love walk, there are options. They are choices he is faced with. Hence, Paul used the word “diaphero” (“excellent”) to let the believers see that in our interactions with one another, the choice of walking in love is important or better than being offended or taking offences. So there will be reasons to be offended as far as human interactions is concerned, but the choice of walking in love is better and important than taking offences. Hallelujah!     

INSTRUCTION: Esteem what is more important over what is less important.

PRAYER: I declare that I give expression to my realities in my walk on earth, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Growth in knowledge will make you esteem walking in love over taking offences.


Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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