The standard is excellence

Php 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;
Php 1:10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ;
Php 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

Do we have standards that guard and direct how we live our lives? What are these standards based on? Whether we do or don’t God does have standards and principles for us to live by, He wants us to model these principles and standards in our love for Him and others. We are exhorted in this passage that our love has to be channeled through knowledge and judgment that we may partake also in things that are excellent to the glory of God.

Our love for God has to abound in knowledge, we should know what God expects from us and what He does not expect, we should know the standards that He has set for us to live by, and there is no such thing as free self will beliefs that can take us to heaven. There is a way to get to heaven and that way is Jesus. In the same manner there are things that are excellent and there are some that are not excellent. We are therefore exhorted by the word of God to partake only in those that are excellent and that is the standard we have got to live by.

In order for us to know what those things are we have got to love God, not love God by saying we love Him but by living out that love and demonstrating it before Him. Even to Jesus actions speak louder than words. It is love for God that guides us into the way of excellent things so that we may please Him. This love therefore should be one that is stemming from a knowledge of God. There is a book that about five love languages, it stresses how you can love people best by knowing their best love language, and in the same way…you have to know God’s love language which it is only found in and through His word, hence our need to know His word .
In verse 10 and 11 we are exhorted to be:

-sincere and without offense before God as well as
-be filled with fruits of righteousness unto the Glory and praise of God

It could be said that judgment measures sincerity as well as gives the verdict as to whether someone is guilty of offense or not. Therefore if we are to be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ then our love has to abound in judgment as well. Sometimes we may struggle with certain principles particularly principles of Holiness that we are convicted of by the Holy Spirit or God’s word through the Pastor and those that are above us, but as the word teaches these principles ought to be there and we ought to live by them because they help shape our love towards God in judgment so that we may be sincere and without offense before Him. So not everything is permissible in our walk with God…we have to crucify our flesh and judge just about anything we give ourselves to, what we listen to, what we participate in and the company that we keep etc….

If we will Love God in knowledge and judgment then we will be able to live according to His standards of excellence and be without offence till the day of Christ. if we will judge and be careful about how we conduct ourselves through the grace of God then this can help us that one day we do not have to face condemning judgment from God .Therefore despite what the world tries to teach us that we should be careless about our conduct and activities we should rather on the contrary judge ourselves to see that we are walking in God’s ways. Hosea 4:6 warns us about this too.

The exhortation is that this love should abound yet more and more till the day of Christ meaning that it has to be progressive. We are to grow daily in this standard of excellence before God. It is never too late to start or continue. God is always just a prayer away and through His word and His Spirit He will guide us to love Him in knowledge and judgment that when he comes we may be united with Him forever in Eternity.


Posted in Flaming Word on June 13, 2011.

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