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Love Bigger than the Sky

Philippians 1:1-11

Verse 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,

We have talked a lot the last week or so about loving each other as Christians. Paul speaks a lot with his friends in Philippi about loving each other. In today’s verse he talks more specifically about how he prays for their love for each other.

The first thing he lists in his prayers for them is that they will abound in their love for one another. He is praying that their love for each other would be huge and abundant. We may not tend to think of loving each other in this magnitude. In fact, if we were honest with ourselves we may find that we could rate our love for others in the Church as tolerant at best.

It is easy to say that we love others and mean it but not really take it past the verbal commitment. Some of the reason may be that we know we are supposed to love each other so we say we do but don’t give much thought to what we are saying. We also may sincerely mean it but don’t mean it in the way that means we should put it into action. We may think things like, “I love that person but that doesn’t mean I’m going to talk to them.” This shows a wrong view of the love we are to have towards the family of God.

It is like we miss the depth of the word love. We give it a shallow acceptance but don’t want to put in the needed effort to make it real, let alone to make it abundant. This actually shows too much self-love. Self-love is a big thing in our world today but it really shouldn’t be what we as Christians think about first. The world says, “look out for number one” but God says. “love your neighbor as yourself.” God isn’t telling us that we should love ourselves and then we will be able to love those around us. He says, love Him and then we can love others and ourselves. The loving of others and ourselves should never be allowed to get out of balance.

We would all agree that it is easy to love those who are like us and think like we do. We wouldn’t be friends if we didn’t love them. But we must also admit that there are those we don’t particularly want to love and that is why Paul prayed for his friends and why we should pray for each other too.

Making It Personal

Who do you know that you don’t love like you should? Why don’t you love them as you should? What choices do you need to make to learn to love them?

Making It Personal Kids

Do you find it hard to like some people? Why does Jesus want us to love others? Who do you need to learn to love?

Closing Prayer

Father, we confess that we are not always as loving as we should be. Give us hearts to love each other as You desire us to. May our love come to abound for each other. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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