Knowledge puffs up. Love builds up.

In 1 Corinthians 8:1 the Bible marks a contrast between knowledge and love.  Knowledge puffs up. It makes a person seem bigger than they really are, gives an apperance of spiritual life without the reality.  “Where’s the BEEF?” said the Wendy’s commercial in the 70’s.  Love, on the other hand, builds up.  It edifys. (notice the word “edifice”, the face of a building)  All of us should be concerned with the present condition of our church (and other churches).  Learning scripture is NOT enough.  Knowing truth is NOT enough.  “If I have not love, I am NOTHING” (1 Corinthians 13)  The best thing that knowledge can do for me is to teach me how little I actually know (vs 2) and to send me back to the first principle of the Christian life.  “The man who LOVES God is known by GOD” (vs 3)  Love is the highest connection  between God and man.  It is what we really need to learn.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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