While knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church. – 1 Corinthians 8:1
Continuing on his letter to Corinth, Paul addressed the matter of eating food offered to idols. The apostles in Jerusalem, who’d been with Jesus gave the instruction to Jews and Gentiles not to eat food offered to idols, and there apparently arose confrontations over this issue as time progressed. Paul explained that food is food and has no consequence in itself other than to sustain the body; however, he told Corinth not to eat such food or not to do anything that would cause a weaker believer to stumble. Thus, if eating food to idols would cause someone to stumble, he’d stop eating it. On the other hand, those with “superior” knowledge about the truth of food were not to lord it over others in arrogance, for it is love that sustains and strengthens the church not knowledge.
Do you think you know something better than someone else? Do you have liberty to do whatever you want because you think you know the truth? Well, don’t gloat too much because pride will get you into trouble quickly, as I know firsthand. The bible is clear on one thing, God hates pride, period. He resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. Peter taught us to humble ourselves, so that in due time God would raise us up. You may think that your knowledge makes you someone, but I can testify that the feeling is short-lived. Why? Because you will eventually learn that there are people smarter than you and who know more than you. Now is not that a humbling thing in and of itself? Therefore, don’t go around touting about how smart you are. Learn to be as wise as a serpent and as harmless as a dove! Put down the big head of facts and open up the heart of love. For in this one thing you fulfill all the Law of Moses and keep the Law of Christ, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Learn that one, dear friend, and you will bring the church together and cause your enemies to be at peace with you.
Father, thank you for showing me the truth of your word. Your ways may exceed mine and may be able to do more than I could ever imagine, but you’ve shown me how simplistic the life of a disciple can be. Be humble, love others, and be blessed. Your ways are always right and holy. Forgive me for ever thinking any way contrary to your design. I lay down my knowledge in favor of loving others that I may be of use to your church, body, and bride rather than cause any division among the brethren, which you despise with passion. May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, not mine. I love you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.