Growing in Love

Love needs to grow. Love can begin as naive and impressionable, it it needs to grow in knowledge and discernment. A Christian it seems ought not to love indiscriminately. To what end? So that we know whom we should not, and whom we shouldn’t? No, it seems the discrimination comes in the objects of love, those which are superior, pure and blameless, especially as revealed on the Day of Christ.

So what kinds of things are we talking about here? I know I am to love all people, especially those that are in the faith. I am to “love one another” as Jesus has loved us. So I don’t think we are talking necessarily about people here. We know we are to love God, but that seems to be a given, as we know He is superior, pure and blameless. So maybe this applies to godly people? Or godly activities? Since the verse calls out “things” specifically, what kinds of things are godly?

What is a godly thing? The Bible is a godly thing. The kinds of the things the Bible counsels is to do are godly things. Worship is a godly thing, as is prayer. A church can be a godly thing. Going there doubly so. It seems there is no shortage of godly things to do. Working to help your neighbor is godly, and is witnessing to them about what Christ has done for you. Standing up for faith in your community is a godly thing, as is being persecuted for it.

Love must grow and develop godly discernment, to know the difference between what is ungodly and what is godly. Pride and live stand at opposite ends. Love pursues that which opposes pride and self. Pursue love.

Thank you Lord for showing be a better way. Thank you that I am not lost in my self, but have your motivation and strength to hep me see a better life. I pray that I may grow in love, and pursue its ends over my own. In Your Name I pray, Amen.

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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