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Philippians Favorites – 1:9

I-40 between Nashville and Memphis Tennessee 2013

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“And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment.” Philippians 1:9

Did you realize that Paul was praying for you some 2000 years ago? The word is alive—as alive now as it was then. This pray of Paul’s is as good now for you as it was for the Philippians.

This is a prayer of petition. Paul asked God to do something for each of us. Since he didn’t know my name he couldn’t say, “I pray for Jack.” In fact, if he used everyone’s name he knows he would have a huge chapter. However, he used the plural your—you all. That’s includes you and me.

Paul knew he hadn’t learned everything. He didn’t have all knowledge. As he probably prayed this for himself he also added us. We don’t know it all. If you do, then you are seriously deceived. In fact, the more you know, the more you know that there is more to know.

Along with knowledge comes judgment. This doesn’t mean we learn to judge people. It means we make good judgment calls. Our spiritual perception increases and fine tunes. We make more of the right decisions than we do wrong decisions.

The word “abound” means to super abound. God lavishly supplies what we need. He doesn’t use mercy drops. He uses floods. In addition, all this is wrapped up in love. Your love super abounds to others. You learn to love. You grow in love until it super abounds in your life. You know how to put others first and love doing it. “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” (John 13:34)