To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
March/April 2016 Issue – Straight from the Heart, ‘I have you in my heart … all of you share God’s grace with me’ Philippians 1:7
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Philippians 1:10-11 (NIVUK): ” so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.”
I think that Selwyn captures the main theme of today’s study in his introduction.
“We continue reflecting on Paul’s prayer for the Philippians – a prayer in which the great apostle asks that their love may abound more and more in knowledge and that they have clear spiritual discernment. Love must be more than ‘sentimental gush’: that is why Paul prays that they may be able to discern how to love appropriately.
In effect he is saying you need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love in not mere sentimentalism. … Discerning love, says Paul, is ‘filled with the fruit of righteousness’.”
Have you noticed that a lot of posts placed in social media by some Christians contain a lot of ‘sentimental gush’ and there is not a lot of spiritual discernment associated with these posts? There appears to be a trend, in some areas, towards what feels ‘right’ and a drift away (through silence or neglect) from the truth that is to be found in God’s Word.
As Selwyn says, we need to use our heads and test our feelings to ensure that the sacrificial (agape) love which flows from us to others, through the power of the Holy Spirit, is aligned with God’s justice, mercy and compassion.
Some forms of ‘love‘ do not come from God!