Thursday, August 22, 2013

1 Corinthians 8:1

"Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth."
1 Corinthians 8:1

I think that the phrase "knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth" is a good thing to think about.  Knowledge isn't a bad thing, but we do have a tendency to get big heads about it if we think we know better, and we want to be right.  If we start taking ourselves too seriously we can even think that we're experts to the extreme that we think we know more than God does.  I think that this is a cautionary tale about being humble and remembering that no matter how much we know, there is always so much more to learn... things that we can't even imagine.  So we should never treat people as ignorant savages, when we're surely in the same boat, just maybe in a different area.  Being kind and truly loving other people lifts everyone up... ourselves and others.  And that is the path to becoming better people, not accumulation of knowledge.  Again, not that knowledge is bad.  It isn't... and learning from God is especially good.  But this is one of those things we *are* learning from God.  That knowledge shouldn't make us judgmental, and charity makes a better community than telling other people what is wrong with them... those motes, for instance.  Today, let's make sure we're making charity (love) a priority.

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