Sep 6th 2021 · Day 249
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‘“Knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up’ (1 Corinthians 8:1). These are powerful words from the apostle Paul that go far beyond the context within which they were spoken regarding food sacrificed to idols. They are applicable to every interaction and decision we make within the body of Christ.
Some time ago I made the decision not to engage in theological debates on social media; instead I would offer to have a coffee or meet in person to continue a discussion: an environment that would facilitate a loving discussion with the other person over a desire to show my own understanding of Scripture.
In all of our dealings with others, especially those within the Church, the plumb line to which all our relationships should be stewarded is love, not knowledge. Paul instructs us to always consider our brother or sister in the faith and never deliberately (or even inadvertently) place a ‘stumbling block’ (v. 9) between them and Jesus by exercising our freedom in Christ in a way that would alienate, confuse or reject those new to, or without, faith.
How often our pride in what we think we know can rise up and cause us to make unloving relationship choices, or respond in ways that are emotionally unhealthy. Love is the spiritual foundation to all our relationships. When we look at each other through the lens of love, it is easier (not always easy!) to consider our weaker brothers and sisters and their relationship with Christ above everything else.
Love is the compass for healthy relationships within our church family.
Pause and reflect: Is there a time when you’ve let your own sense of importance or desire to be right become more important than loving the person in front of you?
Originally from the Midlands, UK, Vicki and Andrew live in North Carolina, USA with their awesome children. On a journey of learning how to humbly do family God’s way, they are passionate about seeing broken lives restored through the love of Jesus, studying scripture, and seeking the presence of God in worship.
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