Saturday, November 28, 2015

Philippians 1:9-11 -- On Finding the Excellent

"And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;
That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;
Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God."
Philippians 1:9-11

I like the idea of love paired with knowledge and judgment.  The whole idea of "blind obedience" has some truth to it, because we trust God even when we aren't exactly sure where he is going with everything... but God doesn't take advantage of our ignorance to trick us or lead us astray.  He *wants* us to learn, and to grow, and to dig deep.  He wants us to see the truth, because we and he *are* truth in part (D&C 93:28, 36).  He wants us to gain knowledge, to improve our decisions, to grow and become until we become like him.  He mourns when we choose ignorance and stagnation.
Today, let's love, and learn, and make good decisions.  Let's find and choose the good, excellent things.  Let's focus on the positive and the wonderful.  Let's be sincere, clean, and good to the people around us.  And let's give Glory and praise to God who provides us with this life and this opportunity to learn and grow and see so much beauty, and find so much truth.

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