Real Knowledge and Discernment
Real Knowledge and Discernment
When we have a precise and correct knowledge of something very good, our love for that very good thing grows. When our mind perceives the absolute ethical perfection of that something very good, our heart sees how totally wondrous it is to be close to that good thing. We are able to discern that there is something here that we have been really longing for, something good we need in our lives.
That’s what Paul was talking about in Philippians 1:8-10,
For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ.
Paul wrote this while in prison for preaching the gospel. It was hard for him to have to be away from the Philippian congregation and wonder how their faith was coming along. Paul knew that this congregation stood up for the gospel of Christ, and he was so glad for that. But, those people were so new to the faith, and had to face so much opposition, temptations, and various false teachers that Paul wanted to make sure they stayed on the right track.
It’s important that we, also, stay on the right track. Paul tells us how we can. Paul says that our Christian love for God and one another needs to “abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment.”
Christian love needs to be based on a very precise and correct knowledge of exactly who God is and what He has done for us in Jesus Christ. Our knowledge of God needs to be based on reality — not the figment of some man’s wild imagination. We will never come to love God if we are only able to think of Him as something He is not. The many ways people have presented their views of God present nothing but falsehoods and silliness because all the imaginations of people are not based on truth.
So, instead of getting waylaid with falsehoods, we need to “abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment.” The only place we’re going to get that “real knowledge” is in the Bible. When we get to know God for who He really is, our love for God and our fellow Christians will “abound still more and more.” It will abound because we will be dealing with reality and truth.
As we study the Bible, we will gain an intellectual and moral discernment for all sorts of ethical matters. Paul tells us that our ability to discern ethical matters will help us to “approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ.”
Isn’t that just what we need?
If our love for God is to remain strong and true, we need to know Him for who He really is. Knowing God will enable us to love Him enough so that we will have the strength and wherewithal to remain “sincere and blameless until the day of Christ.”
In order to get a handle on our lives, we need to get to know God and His ways for us. That will only happen as we take time each day to study what God has to say to us in His word — and then to pray about what God wants in our lives.
As we grow to love God more and more for who He is, we say, “Hallelujah! Lord, Your love has been so powerful and faithful down through the ages. Come and draw us closer to You, so that we may grow in faith, hope, and love, to serve You now and forever.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.