Daily Devotional “Avoiding Indiscriminately Love”
March 01, 2023
“This I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment” (Philippians. 1:9).
Christian love operates within the parameters of Biblical knowledge and spiritual discernment.
As a Christian, you are a repository of divine love. More than anything else, your love for God and for other believers marks you as a true disciple of Jesus Christ (John 13:35).
In addition to possessing God’s love, you have the privilege and responsibility of expressing it to others on His behalf. That’s a sacred trust.
Paul qualifies it in Philippians 1:9, which tells us love is to operate within the sphere of biblical knowledge and spiritual discernment. Those are the parameters that govern God’s love.
No matter how loving an act or word might seem, if it violates knowledge and discernment, it is not true Christian love.
Second John 5-11 illustrates that principle. Apparently some believers who lacked discernment were hosting false teachers in the name of Christian love and hospitality.
John sternly warned them, saying, “If anyone comes to you and does not bring [sound doctrine], do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds” (vv. 10-11).
That might sound extreme or unloving but the purity of God’s people was at stake.
In 2 Thessalonians 3:5-6 after praying for the Thessalonians’ love to increase, Paul then commanded them to keep aloof from so- called Christians who were disregarding sound teaching.
That’s not contradictory because Christian love guards sound doctrine and holy living.
Unfortunately, today it is common for Christians to compromise doctrinal purity in the name of love and unity, or to brand as unloving some practices that Scripture clearly commands.
Both are wrong and carry serious consequences if not corrected.
Be thoughtful in how you express your love. Abundantly supply it in accord with biblical knowledge and discernment. Excellence and righteousness will result (Philippians. 1:10-11).
•Thank God for the love He has given you through His Spirit (Romans. 5:5).
•Ask for opportunities to demonstrate Christ’s love to others today.
•Pray that your love will always be governed by deep convictions grounded in God’s truth.
What do the following passages teach about love? How can you apply them to your life? Romans 12:9-10; 5:5; 1 John 4:7-10; Galatians 5:22; 1 Peter 1:22; 4:8.
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