Verse 9: Paul prayed that the love of the Philippians would abound. But how does love exceed above the measure it is at present? How do we get love in abundance? How does love always grow in us, more and more, and to greater degree after greater degree?
First of all, this verse shows that the way we love doesn’t save us. For if we are growing in love, then God accepted us in the past, when we were less loving. God accepts us in the present even though in the future we will be more loving. If the way we love saves us, then God has a varying salvation that is not fixed and sure. It is far easier to believe that our love is the result of our saving faith and that we grow at our own speed. In this verse, our love is directly connected with our minds. What we believe will cause our love to grow. Just look at the words that Paul wrote. “I pray your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment.”
See? Love grows in knowledge and judgment. When we have the precise and correct knowledge about Jesus through the simple gospel, the automatic result of such knowledge will cause our love to grow. Our love grows more and more through knowledge. It’s only through the simple gospel of divine knowledge that our love grows. The gospel didn’t come from us, and neither did our ever-growing love. We just believe and God does the rest. And never judge someone for having less love than you think he ought. You do not know at what stage of growth he is. God knows and will cause him to stand if he believes the cross.