Verse of the Day 8-22-22

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

Love, if it is to be truly Christian, must be based on Biblical revelation and knowledge-the things shows and teaches us through his Word. In the New Testament, the term “knowledge” refers to more than knowing information and facts; it is spiritual assurance within one’s heart. It is a deep confidence directly related to God’s character, work and purposes, and it expresses itself in active trust and obedience to God. In this sense, we truly know God’s Word only as we live the Word and it becomes part of who we are. Biblical knowledge goes beyond knowing about God to actually knowing him personally through a deep and growing relationship. As a result of this relationship, we will become more like Christ and take on his character traits, including a greater love for him and others.

To know God’s Word or to know God’s will (his desires and plans based on his character and purposes) suggests knowing God personally, obeying his Word and expressing his love. The goal of knowing the truth of God’s Word is a deeper love for God and freedom from sin. “Depth of insight” means that Christians, through true love and Godly knowledge, learn to distinguish between what is good and evil, true and false, right and wrong.

“Pure” means “without any mixture of evil.” “Blameless” means “not causing offense” to God or another person. This relates to holiness, which must be the highest aim of all Christians in light of Christ’s soon-coming return. Only through the passion, presence and power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives can we develop Godly character, be fully committed to God’s Word, “discern what is best” and remain “pure and blameless until the day of Christ.”

Today’s Bible Readings:

Job 4-7, 1 Corinthians 14:18-40, Psalm 37:30-40 and Proverbs 21:27

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