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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Love Over Knowledge"

Date published: 03/17/2013
 
1 Corinthians 8:1-3 “Now about food sacrificed to idols: 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.” (NIV)  
 
It is always easier in your Christian walk to attain and express knowledge than to know and walk with Jesus. Before you know it, your faith can become an expression of knowledge, facts, and rules instead of an expression of God’s love and truth through your life.  Jesus lived and died for you to know and experience Him in a living relationship so that He can continually express His love through you.  The last thing He needs is for us to create a new, “evolved” religious group of Pharisees!  Galatians 5:6 states, “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value.  The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.”  Christ wants you to be the embodiment of His life on earth.  At the point that Christ’s life in you is represented by knowledge and not the expression of His life and truth, you have become nothing more than the dead religion Jesus abhorred when He was on this earth.  Check your heart. Is your knowledge of God used to build you up or to draw others closer to Christ?  God wants every action, word, and motive to edify and build up the body of Christ while drawing others to Him.  Philippians 2:4 exhorts, “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”  Here are some suggestions on how to become more of a conduit of Christ’s life through you than becoming a dissertation of rules and head knowledge:
  • Love others to the full extent that Christ loved you.  John 15:12 “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”  
  • When discussing another’s walk with Christ or his/her lifestyle, do so assuring that the end result is love between you.  Romans 13:8 “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.” 
  • Be committed to unity above your own personal needs when interacting and dealing with others.  Colossians 3:14 “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” 
  • When in disagreement or conflict with another, love that person regardless of the circumstances through forgiveness, kindness, service, or whatever allows love to win over strife.  1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”