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Love Notes

Paul started the church in Philippi, and he dearly loved those people. Philippians 1:1-8 is a love note from Paul to this church, thanking the Philippians for their faith and building them up.

But Paul goes on to pray that the Philippians would experience their relationship with Christ as powerfully as possible, “that [their] love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that [they] may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ — to the glory and praise of God” (verses 9-11).

When our love for Jesus is growing and we are gaining “knowledge” and “insight,” we will act more wisely. We will know what God does and does not want us to do and will have the power through Jesus to make the right choices.

As Paul prayed for the Philippians, we should pray for each other to have a love that grows increasingly in knowledge and insight. The Bible provides both! We can even imitate Paul by sending each other “love notes” of encouragement and prayer. Our God is awesome not only in loving us immeasurably, but also in teaching us to love Him and others more fully each day. And as we love Him and others more, we are rewarded with wisdom and righteousness. God models for us how to write the perfect “love notes.”


  • In what ways does Jesus’s love for you flow back to Him and to others in your life?
  • What “knowledge” and “depth of insight” have you gained from reading the Bible?
  • How can you encourage other Christ followers with “love notes” from God’s word?

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