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Acts of mercy

In Paul’s letter to the church of Philippi, the Apostle exhorted the believers by saying, “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,” (Philippians 1:9-10).

The expression of love is something we have all experienced in one way or another; but in truth, it is quite difficult to explain what love is. It is a feeling of affection or an expression of kindness, but it is also much broader than that. It is a feeling of joy and happiness but it can also lead to pain and suffering. Love is powerful in how it influences us and makes us feel. It could be our source of hope or chains of despair. What would make a holy and righteous God send His Son to die a painful death by crucifixion for an undeserving rebellious people? In all its gruesomeness, the answer is LOVE! Love is therefore broad in its meaning and expression, however, love must abide with knowledge and discernment.

Where there is no knowledge, there is a vague sense of love. If you love someone, you would spend time getting to know them. If you love something, you would spend time doing what you love, which then builds your knowledge of it. On the other hand, love in a broken world ravaged with sin will need more than just knowledge; it needs discernment. To discern is the ability to distinguish or discriminate between good and evil, and as Christians, our discernment is guided by our love and knowledge of God’s Word. In light of God’s Word, we can discern what to love and what to abhor. In light of God’s Word, we can grow in the purity of love while every misguided form of love is stripped away. Let us love with knowledge; let us love with discernment; and let us love in truth.

Have a blessed day and be guided by the Spirit and Word of God as you grow in love.


Chris Eke