Philippians 1:9 – 10 [KJV] – And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ

To be without offence in this context means not to err from the main scope and design of what is expected of a believer, not stumbling, so as either to actively or passively trouble and offend either others in the heavenly course, but working so prudently, as to give no just occasion of scandal, or laying a snare for one or other and abiding blameless to the coming of Christ.

Also in 2 Corinthians 6:3, Paul talks about “giving no offence which means, to present no obstacle such as to upset the Christian principle or practice of others and that the work of the ministry and the cause of the gospel of the Christ will not be blamed.

Hence we are encouraged to abound more in the knowledge of God’s word and in sound judgment, approving things that are excellent. All things are meant to be tried and proved; they are not to be received without distinction, that a man by the renewing of his mind, he will gain have spiritual light, knowledge, and experience; and also have his spiritual senses exercised to discern, good or evil and the difference of things.

The word “approve” means to test for approval. This is spiritual discernment. Discernment is the ability to distinguish between the chaff and wheat, the dross and the gold, the genuine and the superficial.

Automobiles need to be tested on a torture track before they are sold to the public. If a car’s brakes do not meet the test, it is sent back for redesign. You do not put a car with faulty brakes on the market God wants us to test for approval, to have a criterion for whatever comes into our lives. That criterion is excellence. In Greek, excellence means to bear apart or to differ between; as with metals, you learn to tell one from another, the greater from the lesser. So things of excellence are things of greater value.


CONFESSION – I live free of all offences. I approve all things that are excellent. I am blameless, sincere and without offence till the appearing of Christ my blessed Lord and Saviour. Glory to His name!

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