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Philippians Favorites – 1:10

I-40 between Nashville and Memphis Tennessee 2013

I-40 between Nashville and Memphis Tennessee 2013

That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Philippians 1:10

Carrying over from verse 9 illustrates why we need knowledge and judgment. God has called us to give approval to things that are excellent. To approve is “to test, to allow, discern, examine, like, prove, and try.” (Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary.)

God’s way is the more excellent way. The world’s way is not God’s way. When you listen to a GPB (Georgia Public Broadcasting) special for example, you have to ask does this line up with the Word. If it is worldly psychology, it isn’t going to line up. Is it motivational, even quoting the Bible, does it really conform to God’s more excellent way?

When we prove or test someone’s words, we seek to reveal truth. We aren’t looking for a debate or we aren’t judging their motives. We just determine their origin. “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21)

We are doing this not to offend others nor letting other offend us. We don’t want to be the cause of offence to the Kingdom of God. Our life should express what Christians are, not what the world thinks we are.

We want to be sincere—genuine—and pure in our thinking and speech.

We are simply pointing to a better way—The Way. “I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” (1 Corinthians 9:22)