Prayer for today: Philippians 1:9-11

May Paul’s prayer for the Philippian church be the prayer for your church fellowships as well:

BNT  Philippians 1:9-11  Καὶ τοῦτο προσεύχομαι, ἵνα ἡ ἀγάπη ὑμῶν ἔτι μᾶλλον καὶ μᾶλλον περισσεύῃ ἐν ἐπιγνώσει καὶ  πάσῃ αἰσθήσει εἰς τὸ δοκιμάζειν ὑμᾶς τὰ διαφέροντα, ἵνα ἦτε εἰλικρινεῖς καὶ ἀπρόσκοποι εἰς ἡμέραν Χριστοῦ,   πεπληρωμένοι καρπὸν δικαιοσύνης τὸν διὰ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ εἰς δόξαν καὶ ἔπαινον θεοῦ.

Phi 1:9-11 TNIV  “And this is my prayer: that your love (not affection but behavior) may abound more and more in knowledge (which comes from experience) and  depth of insight, (moral insightso that you may be able to discern what is best (what really mattersimmediate purpose) and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, (ultimate purpose) filled with the fruit of righteousness (not selfish ambition but the way of the cross) that comes through Jesus Christ— to the glory and praise of God.”

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Pastors and church leaders, and congregants, this is the heart of God for our church fellowships.

The parenthetical comments are insights gleaned from Gordon Fee in his IVP commentary on the Philippians, which is also in the NICNT set.

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