1 Corinthians 8:1-3—”Now concerning things sacrificed to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but love edifieth. If any man thinketh that he knoweth anything, he knoweth not yet as he ought to know; but if any man loveth God, the same is known by him.”
As believers, we go through many stages. At first in our enthusiasm, we may end up being over zealous in our newfound love for God. We are eager to learn and we are also eager to tell others in our bursts of excitement. Then, as we get little knowledge and have others listen to what we say (which incidentally happens by the grace of God) we get more encouraged or motivated and start to think that maybe we know it all? Ohhh… This is where things can begin to get out-of-hand. Can one really know it all, have all the knowledge in any area? Especially regarding our spiritual life, it is totally driven by God. God planned us, made a purpose for our life, chose us, called us out from the secular world to be apart – for Him, provided us with sufficient talents and knowledge for our purpose. So how can we say that we have all the knowledge. Yes, we have the knowledge; knowledge that is God revealed to us based on His grace and mercy, not by our merit in any means.
In contrast, while we grow in the knowledge of God in our quest of seeking Him in our waves of the newfound love for God, we can put that focus into loving Him and knowing Him more. Knowing and loving Him more will help us better than being puffed up with this new knowledge. Puffing up is building of pride, which will lead us to fall. Love on the other hand edifies or builds us up in Christ. As we know Christ more, we will know of and be filled with God’s love which we in turn will share with all. And God knows any man who loves Him. Abraham, Moses, Daniel, Jeremiah, and others loved God enough to spend time with Him. And they saw His presence in their lives. Do you also want to feel God’s presence? Spend time with God, tell Him how much you love Him. He loves to hear this from you. He loves you to death (literally). Spend a portion of your time everyday to be near Him. God’s love will reveal more of Him every time you get near Him.
Deutronomy 4:29 (But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.)
2 Chronicles 7:14 (if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.)
Matthew 6:33 (But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.)
Matthew 7:7 (Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.)