• Bishop Keith Butler

Love is Not Blind

And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment. (Philippians 1:9)

Someone once said that “love is blind” - but not the love that God gives.

The Apostle Paul told the Philippians that they were not to be blindly loving one another, but instead, their love should grow with two things to balance it: knowledge and judgment.

The word judgment in Paul’s prayer for the church means perception. He did not want their love to grow, but their spiritual eyes to be blind to how people were operating and acting.

Along with judgment, Paul told the Philippians to grow in knowledge. The Greek word that is translated knowledge in this verse is epignosis. It means complete discernment. In other words, Paul prayed that their love would grow so they could judge intents beyond what they could see in the natural.

Growing in complete discernment is vital for us today. Jesus told us that at the end of days, Satan's primary tool would be deception.

Paul prayed that the church would increase in their love more and more, but that their love would not be gullible and easily used. As our love deepens and increases, so should our knowledge and judgment from the Holy Ghost.

Practical Application – Real love, God’s love, is not called merely to feel, but to see and know. Ask God to increase your perception and knowledge so that you may clearly see what is happening with those you love and how to pray for them effectively.

1 Corinthians 1:10; Revelation 12:9



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