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Love's Power Over Knowledge

DAILY DEVOTIONS

9/12/2023

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Love's Power Over Knowledge

Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. – 1 Corinthians 8:1

The Bible teaches us something important with this verse: "Knowledge can make a person feel proud, but love helps people grow and become better." In other words, knowing a lot of things can sometimes make us arrogant or think we are better than others. But showing love and kindness to others is what truly helps us to become better people. So, instead of just being smart, it's better to be loving and caring towards others because that's what makes the world a better place.

In a world increasingly enamored with secular knowledge, we must pause and reflect. Are we truly seeking divine wisdom, or are we merely accumulating facts and figures? The Bible reminds us that while knowledge can make us feel proud, it is love that truly edifies and uplifts us. Wait a minute! What does it mean to be loving and caring rather than being smart? Let's find out in the Bible.

Before this let's consider some important questions: Do we prioritize worldly knowledge over understanding God's Word? Are we using our knowledge to build others up in love? Are we seeking divine wisdom to enrich our souls and the lives of those around us?

Think about a story from the Bible about two sisters, Mary and Martha. Martha was busy doing lots of everyday things, while Mary chose to sit with Jesus and learn from Him. Jesus said that Mary made a perfect choice because learning about God is more important than everyday things. What! Does it mean, Martha was doing something wrong? No! It means that Martha approached the 'serving' without seeking 'divine wisdom' above all things and failed in her journey. This story reminds us to put our connection with Jesus above our daily tasks.

Let’s learn what the Bible says. In the Old Testament, Proverbs 2:6 reminds us that the Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. In the New Testament, Colossians 3:16 urges us to let the word of Christ dwell in us richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom. The Bible teaches us that divine knowledge is a source of true wisdom, discernment, and understanding. It leads us to love God and our neighbors, fulfilling the greatest commandments (Matthew 22:37-39).

It's important to think about what matters most in our lives. Secular knowledge is important, which is the kind of knowledge we gain from school and work, and is helpful for building our careers and jobs. However, we should also realize that divine knowledge, which comes from learning about God is incredibly important for taking care of our inner selves and the people around us. When we have this divine knowledge, it helps to better use the secular knowledge. And when we share this love with others in our communities, it makes our neighborhoods and relationships better and stronger. So, it's not about being smart for our jobs; it's about having a loving and caring heart for our own well-being and the well-being of those around us.

Let us be the channels of God's wisdom and instruments of His love in a knowledge-hungry world. The Church is a great place for love and spiritual growth. Its demonstration begins from our workstations or any place on Earth. This helps us become better in our faith and love. It's a way for us to grow together in a loving way.

Reading the Bible every day, praying, and fasting are important things for perfecting our abilities in this act. They make our hearts and minds more in tune with God's wisdom, and they help us grow in love. And when we do these things, we become more loving people, and we can share that love with this world.

Let’s pray. Heavenly Father, grant us the wisdom to seek divine knowledge and the love to build one another up. May our hearts be aligned with Your Word, and may we be vessels of love in this world. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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