And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that on the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.
Reflection by Duke Yaguchi
Paul shares his prayer that love be combined with knowledge. He isn’t advocating blind faith. He is calling for people to think and believe. On television, there was a remembrance of the Jim Jones cult in Uganda. There, hundreds of people were following Rev. Jones blindly. It is debatable whether people voluntarily gave their lives in following him. Being a follower meant dying for him. Investigations were closing in, and hundreds died.
Paul is advocating for knowledge. He is praying that people will learn and be able to determine what is best. I think that is what love is all about. It has no fear of someone questioning or pondering or wondering or even doubting. Love knows that the more someone learns and knows, the more they will believe in that love.
When my first wife left me for someone else, I was afraid to trust again. Polly assured me that she wouldn’t leave me. In the beginning there was always a little fear inside of me. The more I learn of Polly’s love for me, the more certain I am of her love. And in return, I’m more able to love her back. She sometimes asks me why I love her. I respond, “because you love me”. She doesn’t think that’s a complete reason. But for me, it’s the best reason there could be.
Dear Lord, thank you for giving us a brain with which to think and a heart with which to love. May I use them both to love you God and to love you, Polly. In Jesus’ name I pray.