“And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in 
knowledge and all judgment.” – Philippians 1:9
The word judgment in this verse is used only here in the New Testament. 
It means discernment. Paul does not pray that our knowledge and 
discernment will abound. He prays that our love to the person of Christ 
will abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment. The more 
I love Christ, the more I will know of Him. He said, “Learn of Me.” The 
more I love Him the more clearly I will recognize that which is not of 
Him and that which is contrary to Him. Discernment is born of love to 
His Person. Love to His Person hates that which is contrary to Him and 
loves that which glorifies Him! A supposed knowledge and judgment we 
have that is not born of a love to His Person is useless knowledge and 
discernment. May the Lord grant us more love to the Lord Jesus Christ!
Todd Nibert.

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