March 23, 2018 – Don’t Be A Know It All – Pr. Lori Nagaoka

Now concerning things sacrificed to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. 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. – 1 Corinthians 8:1-3 (NASB)

Paul has been asked by believers at this time if it’s okay to eat meat bought at markets that are remaining from sacrificial meats from Corinth’s idolatrous temples. Paul and other believers don’t have a problem with this. These would feel no superstition nor concern toward this potential meal. But there are others that do have a problem with this. For these others, perhaps, they were converted from these same idolatrous temples into Christianity and having totally rejected that former way of worship would want nothing to do with sacrificial meats. Whatever the reasoning, Paul so honorably points to the higher position that we all need to take when there is a debate over methods/styles/practices. Love builds up and knowledge puffs up.

With that first verse, Paul gives Holy Spirit perspective to debates that even happen in our churches today. I love verse one stating “we know that we all have knowledge”. In other words, we really do know a lot! Yet, does this knowledge make us arrogant or does our love for one another bring us to encourage & build one another up. At times, we need to agree that we will disagree. On fundamental matters, we need unity and on matters of methods, styles, practices we may not see eye to eye but Grace and Love must prevail. Love also covers a multitude of sins (1 Pet 4:8).

Jesus, I am ALWAYS grateful for the truth & revelation of Your Word. I humbly seek your forgiveness, Jesus, for the times that my knowing has caused me to discourage another or caused another to feel less. Jesus, help me to remember that Love builds up and encourages. Jesus help me to keep one of Your greatest commands, “love one another as I have loved you”.