Paul’s relationship with the Philippian Church was one of the warmest of all his vast ministry. In the first chapter of his letter he wrote, ”And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ;…”(vss.9&10) That is an important prayer as we look to the beginning of this new year. May we enter this year understanding what godly, self-sacrificing love is, seeking to practice it in all of our relationships. And that love be guided by real knowledge, knowledge of God’s Word and will, able to discern the real differences between what is pleasing to God, and for the good of mankind. At whatever cost we may cling to the things that are excellent, that is, weigh the value and cost of all the “truths” that are presented to us, holding to values we believe are right before our Lord. And that we seek to be sincere and blameless waiting for and praying for the soon return of our Lord. Now there is quite a lot to meditate upon as we begin 2017.