September 1, 2015
QT has shifted over to Philippians. Here, Paul is writing to the church of Philippians while in chains for the gospel of Christ Jesus. He greets. He says he longs for them with the love of Jesus, and that he prays for them that their love may grow and overflow more and more in knowledge and understanding. This is so that they can tell what’s best, so that they can be pure and blameless for the day of Christ Jesus, so that they blessed with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ.
“Knowledge & depth of insight” catches my eye, and so does the “fruit of righteousness.” Love must grow in knowledge and understanding. What is the difference between knowledge and understanding? What knowledge is being referred here. I feel like it has something to do with Wisdom (Jesus). Perhaps it simply means to love each other with knowledge of love of Jesus, and to be understanding of each others differences inside church.
At my church, there are many different types of people with many different backgrounds and experiences. Each one is different. I know a few of them well, but even the ones I feel I know pretty well, I still don’t really have a clue what their life was like, and is like. This reminds of the 2030 pastor’s sermon about “respect” and that “respect” is acknowledging that I do not, and cannot possibly, know everything about a person, his/her past, and especially his/her future. The moment I assume to know everything about a person, or act and behave in ways as if I know all about that person, I have disrespected that person.
The example I remember from that sermon is if a son is having a hard time in college, and the father says to the son, I know all about what you’re going through, I went through it when I was your age, it’s nothing compared to what I’m going through. Things like this is not having respect. Also things like saying someone will never amount to anything, or saying I know it all, are all things that are disrespectful, and opposite of understanding.
Many new students are here. There are all kinds of them. And there’s already all kinds of souls in my church. We’re all different. We’re all weird in our own ways. We’ve all been hurt in different ways. We all have our life stories. It’s difficult for us to get along, let alone love each other. This is where Love of Jesus must be kept in mind, and deep understanding of each other must come in. We must build each other in love.
Application: remember the love of Jesus, and say and do things that build up old and new members of my church