Knowledge, Guided By Love Produces Wisdom

Daily God Walk for Thursday, October 8, 2009

We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. But the man who loves God is known by God. – 1 Corinthians 8:1

 This is an interesting passage. Taken alone one might not know just what is being said, but taken within the context of the entire passage one can gain insight into the nature of our faith walk.

Most of us are aware of the rules of the faith. The do’s and don’ts that have been derived from the Bible and from the traditions of the faith. But what does it all mean to us in our daily walk?

There are those who read the rules and try to make everyone conform to them. I worked in a jail once and there was another jailer there by the name of Ben. We never called him by that name. We called him “Do It” because he carried a rule book around with him and was constantly writing up inmates for minor infractions. He actually caused a riot in the jail with his “Do It” attitude.

Some people in the faith have the same problem. They have a set of rules, but they don’t have the wisdom to appropriately apply the rules. That is why Paul writes, “Knowledge puffs up.” Not that knowledge is bad, but knowledge without understanding and not applied in love causes more damage than good. Knowledge without understanding creates pride.

Paul is dealing with gentile believers who were eating meat that is sold in the market and that has been previously offered to idols. He makes the point that idols are nothing but gods man has invented and there is only one God. He seems to be saying that an idol has no power; no power to cleanse, and no power to corrupt, but God has all power.

The point he is making is that we should not allow the knowledge we have to give us the big head, but we should learn to understand knowledge through the love of God. And the person who loves God is known by God.

 Principle: The person who loves God is known by God.

 Affirmation: I practice looking at what I know through God’s love.

 Prayer: Lord, give me the ability to grant to others the same grace that I seek for myself. Help me to apply knowledge with love. In Jesus name, amen.

 Bible Reading: Psalm 108 – Ezekiel 13-14 – Hebrews 3 – Proverbs 8

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