Monday, July 09, 2007

Knowledge or Love?

The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. (I Timothy 1:14 NIV)

Paul was a man of great wisdom and knowledge but he plays them down. More than that, he writes them off.

Knowledge puffs up but love builds up. (I Corinthians 8:1b NIV)

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. (1 Corinthians 1:18-21 NIV)

When we speak, do we display our knowledge or our love? Are we conscious of the abundance of grace, faith and love that was poured out on us when we received Christ? Do we talk about it and show it?

(An excerpt from On Being a Christian by Jim Wilson)

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