What intrigues me about this verse is Paul’s wisdom in finding God’s direction. Isn’t that something we all seek? God would do you want me to do? What is your plan for my life? What should I do for the day ahead?
And Paul gives a word of blessing that gives guidance in finding God’s direction.
May the Lord direct your lives: Paul prays that God will direct our lives, a prayer that God loves to answer.
Then Paul gets specific sharing two specifics in finding God’s direction:
1. As you show God’s love. Want to know what God wants? Look for the loving response. Divine love goes beyond feeling or wishful intent, but in action. God’s direction is revealed when we show God’s love.
2. and Christ’s endurance. In other words, don’t try the “showing God’s love” option unless you do so with the endurance Christ gives. The challenge is not to muster up the strength of our love, but to follow the direction of God’s love and the endurance He gives.
Want to find God’s direction — show His love as you live out His power and presence. That strength will empower you to go the distance and in a way that follows His direction.