Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Knowledge and love

These messages are daily doses of truth. No doubt we could all use a little more of it. But let’s remember that this kind of thing is dangerous, to both you and me. The truth dispensed here is aimed at building knowledge—good, helpful knowledge, I’d like to think—but knowledge, all the same. As the Word of God tells us, knowledge puffs us up. We can know everything about discipleship, service, and the Word of God and still be useless to the Lord.

If you’ve been to the source, you know what else we need: love. Smashing idols and looking hard into the face of truth helps clear our minds of misconceptions that keep us separated from God. But without love, all the knowledge in the universe won’t do anyone any good.

Here’s the point. Jesus is the Truth (John 14:6), and God is love (1 John 4:8). Somehow, it seems, love brings us closer to the truth than knowledge does. My prayer for you and for me is that we know enough to pray to love.

(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley

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