Daily Bread

Daily Bread

Philippians 1v9 – “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight”

This is one of Paul’s prison prayers. Prison may cut people off from others but not from God. Paul’s time in prison didn’t dampen his faith, squash his hope or shrink his love. Whats so great about this text is one word that leaps out at us and its the word “abound”, and it captures everything in that prison cell as it became his prayer den, his closet, this was where the work was done, this is where things happened in prayer, this was where his fellowship with Christ was rich and real.

Lets take a peerie look at some scriptures where this word is used.

Exodus 34v6 – “The Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

Isaiah 55v7 – “Let them turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on them, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon”.

1 Peter 1v3 – “according to His abundant mercy He has…”

Titus 3v4-6 – “But when the kindness and love of God…….whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior”

Then we have the well known John 3v16 where the strong emphasis is on Gods unbelievable, profound deep love for us that often leaves us speechless, because without this “so loved” there would be no cross, no Saviour, no Salvation and no faith.

This next part now speaks about us receiving Gods abounding, abundant blessings. Look at John 10v10 where Jesus says “I have come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly”

Look at Romans 15v13 “now may The God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope through the power of The Holy Spirit”

Another one is 2 Corinthians 1v5 “our consolation also abounds in Christ” and 2 Corinthians 9v8 “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work”

And so also in this great book of Philippians 1v9 we read “that your love may abound still more and more”
What a picture of the Christian life….abounding and abundant in life, in hope, in grace and in the power of The Holy Spirit. I guess we have to spiritually realise this before we can live it.

Then we come to the top of the tree, the supreme, the ultimate of our Christian experience is “abounding in Love”. Look at what Paul says here in this verse, “this I pray” {Paul is specific here} “that your love may abound” {this is the first thing he prays about} “yet more and more” {is there a limit?} “in knowledge and insight” {when abounding, the more discerning we are} and all this, God our Father says can fill our hearts and minds.

1 Thessalonians 3v12 “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May He strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy….”

So this abounding in love is the true experience of holiness to which God calls us!

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