Knowledge That Increases Love

June 19, 2013 | Tags: ,

Knowledge inflates with pride, but love builds up. If anyone thinks he knows anything, he does not yet know it as he ought to know it. But if anyone loves God, he is known by Him.

-1 Corinthians 8:1-3

As we grow in our knowledge of Christ through the Word of God, we need a warning–more knowledge may lead to an increase in pride. It is very easy for pride to sweep a heart as we gain understanding in God’s Word. Knowing this truth, however, is our best defense against it occurring. Instead of knowledge that increases pride, we need to ask that our knowledge increases our love–for God and for others. We also need to ask that our increase of knowledge leads to an increase in humility. The more we know God, the bigger He becomes to us. The bigger He is to us, the more we should place ourselves in a humble state before Him. The truth is, this world is not human-centered, but God-centered.

Knowledge is a beautiful gift from God. We should be studying God’s Word diligently. The psalmist says, “His delight is the Lord’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night” (Ps. 1:2). God told Joshua in Jos. 1:8, “This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to recite it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do.” God promises we will prosper and succeed if we study God’s Word and apply it to our lives. It is a blessing to gain knowledge. But let us guard our hearts that we somehow allow our knowledge to replace our deeper desire, which is love.

The Christian walk is constantly a walk of balance between two extremes. It is through the Holy Spirit alone we can have this balance. It is a position we need to aim for each and every day. Yesterday’s grace was for yesterday–we need today’s grace for today to maintain our healthy walk with the Lord. We need to keep studying, keep applying, and keep praying. God’s love will guide us.

Mankind, He has told you what is good
and what it is the Lord requires of you:
to act justly,
to love faithfulness,
and to walk humbly with your God.

-Micah 6:8

By Courtney Silberman

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