Verse of the day
“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 until the day of Christ,”- Philippians 1:9-10
The Apostle Paul was in prison when he wrote this letter to the church in Philippi to encourage them, express his love and gratitude to them and equip them with Godly wisdom to continue their journey. He talked to them about having no boundaries when it comes to expressing their love to God and one another and making sure that they stay focused on the fact that their destination is Heaven.
Paul even covers in this book how they are to be imitators of Christ and how they should pray to have the same mindset and attitude that Jesus Christ had. Basically Paul wanted them to know that if anyone had to stand for Christ and be examples that they were the ones to do it. In his prayer above he is saying that he hopes that their love for one another will be abundant or overflowing as they continue to grow in the knowledge and understand of God’s word, His will for their lives and each other. He wants them to understand what really matters in life what is really going to count. If they focus on what really matters then they will be able to live pure and blameless lives in Jesus Christ. He wanted to see them live their lives full of goodness, produced by the power that Jesus Christ gives them to bring glory and honor to God.
My prayer for you is the same. There is a song by Steven Fee that says it best.
“We are the people of God. The sons and daughters of love. Forgiven, restored and redeemed. Living our lives to the praise of our King. We are the ones who will shine. His light in the darkness of the night. The hopeless, the broken, the poor. They will be hopeless and broken no more. Because, you are the light, the light of the world, and we shine You, Lord.”
We all have to shine like stars in the universe for a risen savior who gave His all for us. I know that it is in you because spiritually we share the same DNA. I want us all to live lives full of God’s abundant love, His grace and mercy so that we can be blessed as well as be a blessing to others. We may experience some hardship but if we stand together in God’s love we can withstand anything. My brothers and sisters let us be willing to shine our light on this dark world and let us bond together in unity for Christ sake to support one another in our journey. I pray your strength in the Lord for the assignment ahead of us is great but because He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world we are made for this. As we have come out of darkness into the light decide today to live your life in such a way that your actions line up with your words. Hopefully as a result our light will shine on others so that they can be hopeless and broken no more.
Jesse R. Watson Jr.