And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;
Goethe says, "We hear of a particular regulation in force in the British naval service. The whole cordage, from the strongest to the weakest, has a red thread moving throughout it, which cannot be twisted out with out undoing it all. In this way even the smallest parts are recognized as the property of the Crown." Love in the Christian character, we may say, is that which is woven into every part of it, is that which cannot be removed without destroying the whole, and is that which is enduring and indestructible evidence that the character is owned by Him who is King.
(J. Hutchinson, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;