Scripture: Philippians 1:1-11
Key verses: (9-11) And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight 10 to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, 11 having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.
Reflection: Do you ever experience a gap between what you know and what you do? We do it every day! Whether it is health, environment, relationships or any number of issues we have some knowledge we do not live out. Love can fall into that category as something we have more knowledge about but we allow our habits to guide us. We have traditionally seen love as a response or a habit. It is second nature to allow our love to direct us. Paul is praying for this early church to have a love that overflows with knowledge and insight. Love with intentionality.
LOVE is a word that is over-used. We love our cars so much we name them. We love food with deep passion, authors, TV series or even outfits. What do you love? Do you have a favorite T-shirt that you love? Shoes? Magazine? We all have something that we say we L*O*V*E. Maybe it is a sports team and you have certain colors you wear to let others know how much you love the team. Love is used to convey our commitment and emotion about everything in life and sometimes it empties love of all value. It is love that gives meaning to our life and the fabric of our lives. Love expands and grows. Love is more than an emotion or a verb, it is a state of mind. Imagine if love overflowed from everyone with knowledge and insight. Imagine if that love was the love of Christ within us that overflowed into our lives, our community and the world. I can imagine that world. Can you?
Prayer: God of love, continue to work on us to love with all that we are and all that we have so that love is our intention every day. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].