It has been noted, “Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much; Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.” — William Cowper, The Task, 1785 part IV, “Winter Walk at Noon,” line 96. [source: “A Treasury of Business Quotations”, compiled by Michael C. Thomsett]

This reminds me of Paul’s statement to the church at Corinth where we read. . .

(1) Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. (2) If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. (1 Corinthians 8:1-2 ESV)

Knowing while remaining loving toward others relative to what we know and what they might still be in the process of learning is important. We should be encouraged to know what we know, but remember we did not always know what we presently know. However, we should also realize we only know what we know and there is more to be known. Knowing this ought to humble us as we engage in discussions and interact with others. Rather than allowing our accumulated knowledge to puff us up — even the things of God — let us remember how love builds up and use what we know to patiently help others rather than putting them down. May we humbly learn to know as we ought to know and so encourage others in their knowing!


by:  Carl


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