"But while knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church.” 1 Corinthians 8:1b (NLT) Knowing stuff makes us feel important, right? But, how often do we use our knowledge to weaken others? We can easily turn what we know into a tool we use to weaken others. I'm better than you. I'm smarter than you. You are some how less than me because I know more than you. It can become a type of arrogance. Instead of using our knowledge to help, encourage, and empower others, we use it to build ourselves up. Some people are definitely more intelligent than others, but that's no reason to feel superior. It really bothers me to see people belittle others who don't have the same knowledge, intelligence, or experiences they have. This is not strength. This is weakness. What I love is the second part of this verse - love strengthens us. How true. To love others requires humility, patience, and stamina. It's not always easy. It's sometimes slow and frustrating. To show love we need to give kindness and respect. We need to build up, encourage,and support. Love isn't about comparing and determining whose smarter, knows more, or is better. Love is standing side by side, hand in hand. Sometimes it requires real muscles where we need to stand behind to hold someone else up. It's in this perseverance to truly love others that we are strengthened. Loving someone has so much more power than having more knowledge than them. It will make you stronger than you could have ever imagined. Love will always win.
Director of Family Ministry