“so this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. learn to love appropriately. you need to use your head and test your feelings so that you love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush.”
-philippians 1:9 (the message)
paul starts by saying “use your head.”
then he says “test your feelings.”
in other words — “trust what you know, not what you feel.”
it’s interesting what happens if you trust in the wrong thing.
paul says your love can lose its power. it gets mushy.
so much more than just our love gets mushy when we rely on what we feel, rather than what we know.
our faith gets mushy when we forget God’s power and rely on our abilities.
our trust gets mushy when we forget God’s faithfulness and rely on our crutches.
our hope gets mushy when we forget God’s promises and rely on our disappointments.
our joy gets mushy when we forget God’s presence and rely on our circumstances.
our peace gets mushy when we forget God’s forgiveness and rely on our guilt.
our patience gets mushy when we forget God’s perfect timing and rely on our schedule.
our kindness gets mushy when we forget God’s mercy and rely on our mood.
our grace gets mushy when we forget God’s forgetting our sins and rely on our memory of other’s sins.
none of us wants to be mushy. none of us wants our faith, our love, or joy, or anything else to lose its sincerity or intelligence. but, that’s precisely what happens when we allow our deceptive hearts to dictate our course of action.
it’s time to trust what we know…Who we know.