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.-Philippians 1:9-10
Paul had a radical encounter with Jesus while he was on the road to Damascus and it changed his life forever. Paul went from trying to stamp out Christianity wherever he could find it to actively spreading it wherever he went. What was it about this encounter with Jesus that changed Paul? After his encounter with Jesus Paul realized that following rules established by man in a vain attempt to get one closer to God actually drives you farther and farther away from God. He, also, realized that the only way to get close to God is accept his love for you and then pass it on to others. That is why Paul was able to write things like “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV). Paul truly believed that the more love abounds in your life that you will be able to discern what is best. Jesus said it best when he said that the two greatest commandments given be God were to love him with everything we have and to love others as ourselves. May your love, for God and others, abound more and more so that you may able to discern what is best.