All for Edification

Today’s reading is 1 Corinthians 14.

Let everything be done for edification, Paul says. Why? Because love builds up (see 1 Corinthians 8:1). And what is the most excellent way? Love. What is the greatest principle? Love. Thus, pursuing love doesn’t mean simply having warm emotional feelings about people. It means when I gather with the brothers and sisters, what I’m most concerned about is not proving how awesome, talented, or gifted I am. Rather, I’m most concerned about building up the people around me. Realize what this means. The rules of 1 Corinthians 14 aren’t about the rules, they are merely the practical outworking of loving my brothers and sisters. When we “go to church,” we need to make sure all we do is for edification. We need to make sure all we do is out of love.

Tomorrow’s reading is 1 Corinthians 15.

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On Love and Knowledge

Today’s reading is 1 Corinthians 8.

God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. That is always true. However, we must take care. If we allow that truth to overrun every other aspect of our service, our knowledge will destroy our brethren and us as well. Our knowledge is to be governed by love. Just because I know something, doesn’t mean I am to live it. That approach is one of arrogance, being puffed up by supposed spiritual superiority. Rather, I am to lovingly humble myself before others that they may be built up in the most holy faith. We are to protect our brothers and sisters at every turn. We are to love them more than we love our knowledge. We are to prove our love to our brethren, not prove our intelligence to anyone.

Tomorrow’s reading is 1 Corinthians 9.

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