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Pairing Knowledge with Compassion

by Brett Fuller on December 10, 2018

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...