I have NEVER preached a sermon on excellence but this is enspiring!
Phil 1:9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,
10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,
11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God
This vers starts with a prayer request. A prayer that believers must overflow and expand above their own ability in LOVE. But also that their love will grow with knowledge and discernment.
Knowledge is the actual ability to know things – we should not remain dumb and uninformed. The Holy spirit makes sure about that. We constantly learn how things should be done, don’t we. What I know today is exponentially more than what i knew as a newborn believer regarding biblestudy, salvation, love, and just about any other word in the bible. There should be a hunger in us to understand.
Discernment is the ability to good from bad or sad from glad. There is a spiritual gift like this, but we are talking about the simple ability to KNOW the difference. I am not fooled by satan as easily as I was. I can sense pridea mile away, and even easier in my own life. I know when people have a need an when it is greed. It is an ability that has been increasing throuhout my spiritual life.
We should desire to know more, to love more to discern better.
Maybe you should ask this morning that you want to expand. Allow the HS to expand you.
Stop resisting growth!