That Your Love May Abound

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment (Philippians 1:9 NKJV)

That you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ, (Philippians 1:10 NKJV)


Increase In Love

By examining this scripture we start with Increase in love. This requires prayer, desire and effort. The will is actively involved in love but it is the mind that controls the will.

What do we think about? What thoughts do we entertain? We must not be deceived, God still cherishes purity above all else. Love is pure. It thinks no evil so we must constantly think healthy thoughts in order to increase in love.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:8


Blessed are the pure in heart,

    For they shall see God.

Matthew 5:8


Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

Matthew 10:16



The words of the Lord are pure words,

Like silver tried in a furnace of earth,

Purified seven times.

Psalm 12:6

God loves cleanliness and any act of evil is dirty in His sight. Love is clean and will always think of the other person and how her actions affect others.

Love is a winner and always wins. It is greater than faith because it never fails. The more we pray for increase in love and meditate on the word of God, the more rooted we will be in the word of God till it takes over our soul. This will cause the fruit of love to overflow.

Love will not speak evil of anyone and it bridles the tongue. Love is lovely and beautiful and anyone who is full of love and purity will shine greater than the stars. He will be a light that will attract people of every race because God will shine through Him and heal others. He will exude and transmit love.

Knowledge Precedes Love

We cannot love without knowledge of what is love. The only way to know what love is is to study the teachings in the word of God.

The summary of the word of God is love, that is why Jesus capped it all by saying, “love your neighbour as your self.” Love is the fulfilment of the law.

Knowledge therefore is knowledge of love and how to love. Any knowledge that does not lead to increase in love and purity is not true knowledge.

Any wisdom that does not exalt love is false wisdom.


Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. (James 3:13 ESV)


But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.  (James 3:14 ESV)

This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. (James 3:15 ESV)

For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. (James 3:16 ESV)

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. (James 3:17 ESV)


All Discernment 

Distinguishing between good and evil is true knowledge. When we get to true discernment we will not waste our time practising the doctrines of men as if they are the doctrines of God.

Lack of discernment also makes believers throw the word of God away for seductive get rich, quick fix doctrines that are rooted in demon worship, idolatry and magic.

It makes believers embrace any shifting doctrine as if it comes from the mouth of God.


For everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child.  But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

(Hebrews 5:13-14 ESV)


Approve Excellent Things

We are also counselled to approve excellent things. In order to approve excellent things we must reject evil things and support good things. We must praise, encourage, inspire and motivate others in good things.


Be Sincere

Sincerity implies honesty and truthfulness.  We must not put on the mask of Christianity or be false.


Our motives and intentions must come from genuineness not from praise, ego and selfishness. God sees our hearts and knows His true children. The true children are true believers.

Without Offence

To be without offence, we must not offend anyone or God. This implies being blameless and faultless in the presence of Christ.

Lovely Virtues


Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, (Colossians 3:12 ESV)

Putting on these fruits is like putting on exquisite spiritual garments.

They are the garments that attract the presence of God because they represent the attributes and nature of God. Like attracts like.

A careful look at Colossians 3:12 clearly shows that it is an instruction or command.

Paul is not begging us but telling us what we should do as Christians with focus and direction who have not forgotten their first love – Christ.

It is love for the beloved that constantly makes us draw closer to Him. Jesus had a compassionate heart and deep empathy for the suffering and afflicted.

You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.

James 5:11


41 And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. 42 And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.

Mark 1 41-42 

It was this compassion that moved him to constant fellowship which in turn led to constant anointing.

He cared enough to wait upon God for hours, and it paid off because He went about removing the sorrows of people. Sorrow fled from Him. It is compassion and love that cancels sorrow, and Jesus was full of both.

We need to put on compassion, just like Jesus not just because it’s a command but because it pleases our Lord.

We also need to put on kindness just like Christ by being generous, considerate and helpful. The genuine care we show others will be a display of the kindness in us.

Jesus was humble and meek and expects the same from us. Humility is agreement with truth because without Christ we can do nothing.

Every blessing comes from God so proper self assessment will lead to great humility.

The Bible describes Moses in numbers 12:3 as the meekness man on earth. God desires meekness because this makes us completely submissive and patient.

A meek person is very attractive to God. He can endure injustice and injury without bitterness and resentment.

He is someone who easily lets go without holding unto anger.

Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.

Matthew 5:5

Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you.

2 Corinthians 10:1

He is soft, gentle and not easily provoked. Jesus, Moses and Paul exhibited those traits and look at how anointed they were. Meekness makes a person very pleasing to God.

God also desires patience. An impatient man is unattractive to God and men. Patience makes a man accept and tolerate delay and suffering without anger or bitterness.

Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ. 

2 Thessalonians 3:5

Patience is a great virtue and highly valued by God. If we really want to be very attractive to God, we must put on patience.

But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.

1 Timothy :11

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