Phil. 1:9-11 “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so 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.”
So our righteousness is through Christ, to the glory of God. To embrace this position one has with God, one goes through the process of experiencing God’s love. A love which has pursued and revealed itself in life’s circumstances. Culminating in an embrace and acceptance of God’s grace to them in the sacrifice of Christ for their sin. A forgiveness that has fulfilled and renewed their innermost longings.
This love, the fruit of righteousness, that a Christian now has is the subject of Paul’s prayers. A love which is abundant and plentiful in what? My love for God motivates a pursuit of ‘perceptive understanding’, so that I may distinguish excellent from mediocre, fraud from authentic, real from fantasy. Why? Purity.
In our culture that may have lost its significance, but for the Christian embracing their new identity as a bride longing for her bridegroom, purity makes perfect sense.
Purity is now a part of who I am, an expression of love, not a goal to attain or strive for. It’s the greater desire. The object of my love is Christ who has and continues to, love me sacrificially. The love of Christ fills me with all the fullness of God! (Eph. 3:19)
Maybe sin is just misplaced passion, never forget who loves you!
– Mark Alderson