From Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus. To all those in Philippi who are God’s people in Christ Jesus, along with your supervisors and servants. May the grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. I thank my God every time I mention you in my prayers. I’m thankful for all of you every time I pray, and it’s always a prayer full of joy. I’m glad because of the way you have been my partners in the ministry of the gospel from the time you first believed it until now. I’m sure about this: the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus. I have good reason to think this way about all of you because I keep you in my heart. You are all my partners in God’s grace, both during my time in prison and in the defense and support of the gospel. God is my witness that I feel affection for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. This is my prayer: that your love might become even more and more rich with knowledge and all kinds of insight. I pray this so that you will be able to decide what really matters and so you will be sincere and blameless on the day of Christ. I pray that you will then be filled with the fruit of righteousness, which comes from Jesus Christ, in order to give glory and praise to God. (Philippians 1:1-11, CEB)
This is my prayer: that your love might become even more and more rich with knowledge and all kinds of insight.
Knowledge and insight sometimes seem to be what those in power in religion don’t want us to have. Those in power want us to follow blindly, and not question. Sometimes it seems to me that those in power are worried that we simple folks will figure out we hear God clearer when we don’t follow the old ways, or see things the way we always have.
We need to be so focused on loving as God loves that we love in a way that opens our minds to what and where God is leading.
Sometimes the way we have always done it is so people maintain power and that power belongs to someone else.
And in the end, God is really the only one with true power, so follow where God is leading.
Loving People. Loving God.