By Benjamin H. Liles
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, ~ Philippians 1:9-10
Excellence. How do we properly define it? It seems Paul is talking about having brotherly love for one another that we grow in knowledge and the ability to judge well. Such a thing is by having a deep abiding love for one another. Love shows we have knowledge and discernment, but showing we have those two things means we need to show love as well. Being found pure and blameless in Jesus Christ stems from having that love for one another, and it proves we have His knowledge and discernment. So, knowing this, since Jesus Christ is the center of a person's walk with Him means having the ability to love others: showing that love and judgment to be wise. Those things aside from brotherly love is what makes us pure and blameless before Him. What an awesome God we serve.