Today’s Reading | 1 Corinthians 8-9
Knowledge or Love?
When addressing eating meat sacrificed to idols, why did Paul begin with the statements he did in verses one through three? Why talk about how knowledge puffs people up? Why emphasize how important love is? Paul began here so this church would realize immediately, that it is possible to pursue knowledge and only gain pride. Knowledge alone will not keep you from doing something that may hurt a brother, even though your action may not be wrong. Love, on the other hand, does not lead to pride, but to humility. Its goal is to build others up, not to hurt people. If someone were only interested in knowledge, he wouldn’t care if eating meat hurt someone else. All he would care about is whether the behavior was right or wrong, or how he could justify it in his life. He would work to simply gain more knowledge about the matter. Paul wanted the Corinthian church to have their knowledge affected by love. Knowledge should be motivated by what is best for others, not what is best for self. Because Paul was motivated by love, he could say what he did in verse thirteen. Are there things you will not give up even though they may hurt another brother? If you are motivated by love, you will seek to benefit others.
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?