What Your Heart Knows
Read Philippians 1:9 (ESV)
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and discernment.
Do you feel like you would benefit more from emotional/relational spiritual growth or intellectual spiritual growth? Why?
Have you ever heard someone say, “Well, my Jesus would never say that” (even if He did)? Or maybe you’ve heard something like “My God would never...” What’s interesting is that we all seem to be trying to talk about the same God, but we have drastically different ideas about who He is. How can we truly know who God actually is?
Christian Bible teacher and author, Jen Wilkin, is quoted as saying: “The heart cannot love what the mind does not know.” Her point? You can’t really love someone if you don’t know them. Think about it. If I told you my wife was a green-eyed redhead who was super quiet and shy, people who actually know her would undoubtedly question my love for my own wife. After all, if I don’t even know my own wife’s looks and personality, I must not know her very well! Likewise, there are many Christians who claim to know God but do not know the God of the Bible.
In today’s passage, Paul shared a prayer that he had for the Philippian church. He wanted their love to abound, or overflow, with knowledge and discernment. There is a comingling of the heart and mind here. Paul wanted them to love God more and more. He knew that the more they loved God, the more they would want to know Him. The more they studied His Word and lived in relationship with Him, the more they would love Him. The more they loved Him and His Word, the more they would love each other. And on and on it would go.
Paul also specifically prayed that God would give the Philippians discernment. Discernment means “the ability to judge well.” If we truly know God and His Word, we should be able to judge wisely between false doctrine. We should be able to discriminate between Biblical ideas and worldly philosophies. And it should be easy for us to spot someone talking about God in a way that doesn’t line up with the Bible.
Friends, at Back to the Bible, that is our prayer for you as well. We pray that your love for God may abound more and more! We want you to grow in your understanding of who God is and what He said in His Word. We want You to grow in your ability to be wise and discerning. Jesus said the greatest commandment is: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). But to love Him, you have to know Him. The best news is He has revealed Himself to us in His Word. We can truly know who God is! May you learn to love Him even more today than yesterday.
God, I want to spend my whole life learning more about You. Help me to grow in my understanding of who You truly are so that I can love you with my heart, soul, and my mind. Amen.