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As You Grow in Christ’s Love, Your Heart and Mind Grow Together – April 11, 2024

Thursday, April 11

Devotional written by Curtis Johnson, Adult Ministry Pastor

 

AS YOU GROW IN CHRIST’S LOVE, YOUR HEART AND MIND GROW TOGETHER

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.”
Philippians 1:9-10

Read Proverbs 2

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Logical expressions, such as If, Then, and Else clauses, templates, or patterns, usually help me understand valuable truths. I see these displayed in Proverbs Chapter 2 when the writer defines God’s wisdom and how we should pursue it. I love this chapter! 

In our text today, Paul uses a sequence of words that begins with love and grows into godly discernment. Here’s the sequence: Love grows into knowledge and insight. Together, those grow into discernment for what is best, pure, and blameless. Putting it all together, as you grow in Christ’s love, your heart and mind grow together to discern what is good. It’s neither a gut reaction nor academic excellence. It’s being drawn to God’s will through a growing love for Christ and the Word of God.

For today: Let’s pray like Paul for our brothers and sisters in Christ that they would “discern what is best.” In other words, through love and knowledge, they would have the ability to differentiate between right and wrong, good and bad, vital and trivial.

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