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Today’s devotion is based on 1 Corinthians 8.

A Love of Knowledge

“Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.”
1 Corinthians 8:1

Nobody likes a “know-it-all.” So why do I try so hard to know it all — all of the time?

The thing is . . . I love to learn. When I took the Strengths Finder test, I wasn’t surprise to see that¬†learner and input were two of my top strengths. This also helps explain why I love being in the classroom so much. It doesn’t matter which side of the desk I’m on; I love being a student as much as I love being a teacher.

God hardwired me to love knowledge. I think this must be true of a lot of teachers. But I’m also mindful of the fruit in the Garden of Eden that Adam and Eve were told not to eat. It was called the “fruit of knowledge of good and evil” (see Genesis 2:9).

It’s not that all knowledge is bad. But I think it’s possible — especially in today’s society — to make knowledge an idol.

Paul is right when he says that knowledge puffs up. I see it in the classroom all the time.

The students who get straight A’s fairly easily? Some of them are sweet, humble kids. But some of them are, well, let’s just say that humility isn’t their strong suit. And I’m not pointing fingers either. When I was their age, I was the same way. Sometimes, I still am.

This is why I cling to the passage in 1 Corinthians 8:1. I need to remind myself, sometimes daily, that knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.

Knowledge is nothing without love.

We must be intentional about building others up through love. Because that’s what has eternal significance. And that makes all the difference.

Denise J. Hughes

A lover of words and the Word. Author of #DeeperWaters and the #WordWriters Bible studies.

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