December 7

Philippians 1:9-11

“And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless,” vss. 9-10

Contrary to what we might expect, the road to holiness does not consist of daily obedience to the revealed commandments of God. Paul rejects that kind of rigid legalism and insists that the most reliable guide to the blameless life is love. He prays, not that the Philippians would be more obedient, but that their choices would be guided by a love infused with knowledge and full insight. He knew that we live in a grey world, where not everything is black and white, a world in which it is not always clear what we should do in every circumstance. We know that too…we experience the ambiguity everyday as we try to sort out truth from falsehoods in every aspect of our lives. It’s just not easy to know who or what we should trust. The answer is not a careless licentiousness, a life-style in which we do whatever we please. Selfishness is never a good guide to right behavior. Rather our calling as followers of Jesus requires both study and loving action. Knowing what to do or say isn’t always readily apparent…it requires insight and a boatload of love. And love always gets the last word!

Thought for the Day: What tough decisions am I facing right now?

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