And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,
10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ,
11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ–to the glory and praise of God.
In the world today knowledge is seen to be, thought to be, and is, a good thing.
In Christian circles knowledge of the Bible and Jesus is also thought to be good, and it is. It is necessary to remember though, that we have been given this knowledge and have learned it for a purpose.
In the above stated Scripture, Paul prays for the recipients of the letter, that their love will abound in knowledge and depth of insight. This love that Paul writes of means we are to love God for Who He is, and also to love man, because man is made in the image of God. He does not stop there, and he continues on with reasoning for this by saying “so that”.
The words “so that” then lead us into the reason for having the knowledge. The reason for having this knowledge starts off by saying ‘so we may be able to discern what is best.’ Discerning what is best, I believe, means that our thoughts, words and actions are in line with the Word of God. There are many things to be done that are “good”, but we are to discern what is ”best”.
After Paul says ‘being able to discern what is best’, he says “and” that we ‘may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.’ He completes the statement by then continuing in his prayer that we will be “filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.”
WOW!! Paul says to be pure and blameless. On our own we know we cannot do that, but we have the Holy Spirit within us to guide us. Also the Holy Spirit will convict us each time we sin, and lead us to repent of the sin to Jesus.
When we are living our lives under the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit, our acts will be considered fruit of the Righteousness of Jesus within us. All good fruit comes from God, so every good act we do is evidence of God within us, and working in us to touch others.
We will never exhaust the fruit within us, because it is of God and He will continue to pour more into us as we give to others.
All is done for the glory of God, because He is worthy and deserving of it.