The world says, accumulate more wealth and more knowledge, and you shall succeed.
While I am not dismissing the value of knowledge — especially the knowledge of the Holy — I fear that love is often pushed back to the margin when we talk about knowing God. In fact, the two cannot be separate. Our love for Him leads to wanting to know Him more, and knowing Him more often leads us to more love for Him.
But spiritual knowledge can also lead us to love the self more — we accumulate spiritual knowledge and get swallowed up in spiritual pride. We become noisy people who point fingers to others. We want to be exalted.
We can have tons of knowledge and spiritual gifts, but Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13 that love is the “more excellent way”. Paul offers some practical advices:
” Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,” (Ephesians 4:15)
Sometimes it is hard to tell if we are really speaking in love. We have to ask the Lord to search our intention. Are we speaking to show off our knowledge or to enjoy approval? Are we correcting others out of bitterness or condemnation? Similarly, when one listens, he or she should listen in love and humility.
“Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.” (1 Cor 13:8-9).
Each of us knows in part. This is why sharing our portion with each other is so important for the building up of the Church. Regardless of how convinced we are regarding our views on secondary matters, we should receive one another in Christ’s love and grace.
Remember, regardless of how much prophetic power or knowledge we possess, love is the more excellent way.