I am doing a Bible study in Philippians 2, and the first day I was to read Philippians 1. One thing I was supposed to be looking for was “What is the author’s desire for the recipients?”
I found the answer for this question in Philippians 1:9-11:
9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.)
I used the Blue Letter Bible website to go look up Matthew Henry’s commentary and to study this passage more. As I read, I thought, “What a great prayer and desire for all believers!”
Here is what Paul was praying that all the Philippian believers would become:
- That they would be a loving people (that your love may abound still more and more)
- That they would be a knowing and judicious people — it was not a blind love that was accepting of everything. No, it was to be a love grounded upon knowledge and judgment! (in knowledge)
- That they would be a discerning people. (and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent,)
- That they would be honest, upright-hearted people (that you may be sincere)
- That they would be an inoffensive people — “not apt to take offence; and very careful not to give offence to God or their brethren,” Matthew Henry (and without offense till the day of Christ,)
- That they would be fruitful, useful people. (being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ). The fruits of righteousness are evidences of our salvation! We have never arrived; a true believer should bear more fruit. The fruit comes from the vine — Jesus Christ. We are the branches that are worthless but for the vine that gives us the sustenance to bear the fruit.
What is the end result of living a Christian life in the above manner?
That God be glorified in all things!
- If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. I Peter 4:11
- Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. I Corinthians 10:31
It is much for the honour of God, when Christians not
only are good, but do good, and abound in good works.
This would be a good prayer for us to pray every morning before we begin your day. Let’s bring glory to God in our every day activities this week!
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