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Series: Disciple-Life: A Life of Joy and Happiness in Christ
Philippians 1:9-11 (NIV)
The Christian Has Joy Through A Know Love That Abounds In Knowledge And Judgment
The Christian loves excellence…mediocrity has no place
the Christian loves sincerity…hypocrisy flees
the Christian strives to be without offense to Jesus and other people
we experience joy because we're filled with the fruits of the Spirit
Text: Philippians 1:9-11 (NIV)
Copyright © 2010, Gerald D. Branch
9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ-to the glory and praise of God.
This is Paul's prayer for first, LOVE, and secondly,
for DISCERNMENT for his friends at Philippi.
These are TWO great aspects of Christian life that can give you and me
who Know Jesus as our Savior much abundant Joy.
As you recall, Paul has already proclaimed the great joy-giving truth
that brings freedom to the believer,
and that truth is that it isn't all the stuff we TRY to do
to please God that God is looking for,
but instead, God wants us to live lives
that come out of God's power as HE works IN our lives.
And the work that He began in us, the moment He saved us,
is the work that He continues in our lives,
and will continue until it is completed when Jesus returns.
One of the really neat things here in Philippians that we also see in Colossians,
is that even while he is sitting in jail,
Paul is thinking about Christian growth.
Maybe that's because he's reflecting on both his own time when
God SAVED him on the Road to Damascus,
and all that God has already done in Paul's own life since,
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