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Pairing Knowledge with Compassion

In 1Corinthians 8 Paul lectured the church on the integration of compassion and knowledge. Verses 1 - 3 state, "Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies. 2 If anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet known as he ought to know; 3 but if anyone loves God, he is known by Him."

Some of the Corinthians prided themselves on their knowledge of God. Unfortunately, information without compassion serves few but the informed. Love was to be the filter through which all essentials about God & our relationship to His people were brought. Paul said, there is more benefit to the believer who accurately & passionately loves God, than to him who has knowledge of God. He says this because God is infinite and can never be completely known, but He can be completely loved. Not only that, verse 3 said, "but if anyone loves God, he is known by Him. This passage intimates that part of the Father's filter for "caller ID" is based on love. So, without sacrificing intellect, figure out how to love Him with all of your heart and when you dial Him up, see if He won't call out your name before you call on His! Live right, live well...

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Blessings - The Proper Perspective

In John 21 it was morning, and the disciples had been fishing all night, though unsuccessfully. Jesus appeared on the shore and shouted at them to cast the net on the other side of the boat. Following His instruction, the disciples netted the largest catch of their lives. This was at least the second time Christ would have directly helped them succeed in business. When the catch is brought in, Jesus turned to a jubilant Peter and said in verse, 15 "'Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?'"

Many commentators have assumed that "these", to which Christ was referring, were the other disciples. However, could "these" actually refer to the "fish”? Was Jesus asking Peter at the pinnacle of his fishing business, "Do you love Me more than My blessing?"

When we serve the Lord, He will bless that which we steward because He loves us. The key to a balanced Christian life is to keep His blessings in proper perspective. Do we love Him more than the blessing of success? May God give all of us the experience and privilege of properly answering that question. Live right, live well...

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