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Love Abounding

Posted by Pastor Dave Johnson on March 5, 2022

Truth lived with truth believed identifies a believer who has a love abounding relationship with the Lord. Truth declared by the Word of God, delivered by the messenger of God, designed for the people of God, and then desired by those same Spirit-filled people of God will bring about an outstanding spiritual effect: LOVE ABOUNDING. The fellowship of believers at Philippi was a church found to have their lives firmly grounded in the Word. With their love for WHO God is (their Lord Jesus Christ, who saved them and keeps them by his grace, Philippians 1:1-6), that brought on the admonition of love for WHAT God said in his Word. The first chapter of the book of Philippians gives us a powerful verse concerning the believer’s love; it was Paul’s prayer for those who loved the Lord to be loving God’s truth as well: “And this I pray that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment” (v. 9). The Spirit’s wisdom given to Paul was this: it’s great to have a love for the Lord, but abounding love is defined as a love for HIS WORD in knowledge and all judgment. What is striking, capturing the attention of the spiritual minded is the love concerning WHAT one believes in its love connection to WHO he believes. The WHO of belief, in turn, will not distance itself from WHAT one believes and vice versa. So, may the Word be the foundation of one’s belief system, rather than the fallacy of an unfounded belief system, dictating one’s convenient assumption regarding a private interpretation of the Word. Love abounding is all a matter of truth written and the TRUTH alive (John 14:6).

Love abounding is on the spiritual mind of those who have more than a nominal assent to the theological. As Spurgeon said, “The knowledge of the doctrine of Justification will do you no good without the personal knowledge of the Justifier.” Then, love for HIM and from him will bring abounding love in the believer for the WORD, as well as the GIVER of the Word. The prophet Jeremiah tells us that “The LORD liveth in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness” (4:2). So, let’s make the spiritual connection of HIS truth alive, with love alive; Jesus said “I am the … truth” (John 14:6), and the Apostle John tells us that “God is love” (I John 4:8) as well. You may say, “Well, I love the Lord!” But, let’s take the next step, accepting the spiritual challenge: “that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment” (Philippians 1:9). Of course, we see clearly that the divine essence of God’s life of truth and his love cannot be separated; oh, for both then to be a living combination of his virtues found in us and appreciated by us. When this is part of our spiritual make-up, we then are candidates for a spiritual assignment, “that ye may approve things that are excellent, that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God” (vs. 10, 11). What a testimony to pursue! In summary, when we take the Philippian challenge by our part in answering the Apostle’s prayer, we are abounding in love for the Lord and love for his Word. In so loving we will be so approving the things that God loves, and so accomplished in the fruitful excellencies of his righteous life lived within. Yes, oh be an abounding Christian, an approving Christian, and an accomplished Christian. One of truth (Jeremiah 4:2) and love (I John 4:8). My, what an abounding life lived in truth with abounding love.