9And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.
As we grow in Christ’s love and seek after Him, He will provide the knowledge and discernment that we need to live in our increasingly secular culture. As believers, our love will overflow from a right relationship with God and an understanding of what Christ has done for us – heart and mind growing together.
Christ has made us pure and blameless through his death on the cross but as our discernment grows we can know how Christ wants us to live through His word and time spent with Him. The fruit of righteousness can only come from Jesus Christ – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, and so on (Galatians 5:22,23).
As we know and imitate Christ, we can fulfill our purpose to love God and our neighbor. This brings glory and praise to God.
Lord, help me as I seek to live out your example here on earth. Thank you for Your Word to guide me and Your Spirit to speak to me. Help me to love the people in my life as You would have me love them. Amen.
(Written by Joy DeHaan)