Monday, June 14, 2010


Paul doesn't pray that his brothers and sisters love indiscriminately. Rather he prays that their love would abound [Philippians 1:26 "abundant rejoicing"] with increasing knowledge and discernment. So "love" and "thanksgiving" and "joy" and "fellowship" and "longing" are not at odds with "knowledge" and "discernment" and "the defense and confirmation of the gospel." For the Christian, they're inseparable.