Pray With Abundant Love and Depth of Insight

Helen Brownson

READ : Philippians 1:9-11

Paul prays for the Philippians’ love to abound in knowledge and depth of insight. Is that possible for people who have been deeply wounded? Can persons who have never known love find the resources to care that way?

I think of a woman named Emma who confessed that she was not easy to love, nor did she readily love others. She accepted Christ as an adult after marriage and parenting five children. Her childhood had been rough. She was abandoned by her father when she was twelve. Her mother died soon thereafter of tuberculosis. Filled with bitterness and a sense of rejection, during high school years she frequently considered suicide. Those scars from her hurts still remained in adult years as a wife and mother even though she attended church and grew in her love for Christ. She learned to love deeply in spite of the marks of abuse and neglect.

When Paul prays that our love for one another may abound in knowledge and discernment, people like Emma are included in that prayer. If only we could know the scars and legacy of pain in the lives of fellow-Christians, our love could flourish so much more.

Emma was my mother. When I came to understand and discern her past, my love for her grew.


Lord, help us to love all our fellow Christians. Amen.