#150 – DISCERNING WHAT IS BEST (17/7/20)
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‘And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may 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)
Paul prays that they would love with ‘depth of insight’. It’s easy to love and give our lives to the wrong things. Many people have a marital affair or gamble their money away… because they mistake temptation for love. A Christian’s love is to be based upon insight; this means that we make good moral choices based upon what we know about God and His Word.
It’s not enough to know what is true, we must reason and then do what is true. Alec Motyer has written,
‘Nothing is truly known until it has passed over into obedience’ (Motyer)
Insight is about making good choices that lead to good outcomes, as Paul says,
‘…So that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless’