Growing in Leaps and Bounds
Verse 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,
We continue with Paul’s prayers for his friends in Philippi and how he wants them to grow in their love for one another. We talked yesterday about how he prays that it will abound but Paul doesn’t it leave it there, he gets more specific, he prays that it will abound more and more.
It can be easy to think that love is a one-time choice and that by saying it we can move on with life. Paul knew that love is a thing of motion and therefore needs to grow to remain alive and that is why he prayed for their love to grow more and more. This should be our prayer for the Church too.
Studies have shown that when children are in a home without love they start showing signs of insecurity and hopelessness. The same can be true about adults and so it is not a surprise that this can be true in a church setting where we are not loving as we should.
For our love to grow more and more toward each other will require some self-sacrifice and leaving our comfort zones. It may require us to take the steps necessary to get to know some of our fellow church members in a more personal way. It will mean setting aside our own tendencies of guarding our own lives and becoming vulnerable with each other.
This growing of love for each other isn’t just for the benefit of the Church as a whole, it is good for each of us spiritually and it is ultimately good for the community as there is a great desire in our beings to feel like we belong. We want to be a part of something that makes us feel loved and accepted. We want to know we can be safe and cared for. That is one of the greatest blessings of being a part of a loving Church.
A key point to remember is that love isn’t selfish and that means that we need to be more aware of how we are giving love than we are in calculating how much love we are getting in return.
Making It Personal
When you think about the way the church loves do you focus more on the level you feel you have received? In what ways do you love those in your church family? How do you need to improve at loving them?
Making It Personal Kids
In what ways have you felt loved by people at church? What are some ways that you can show others that you love them? When should you start showing love?
Father, thank You for loving us the way You do and giving us many opportunities to love each other. Help us to grow more and more loving towards You and each other. In Jesus’ name, amen.