But while knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church. Anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn’t really know very much. But the person who loves God is the one whom God recognizes. —I Corinthians 8:1-3

There is a vast ocean of knowledge and nobody understands each and every drop. Those who would claim to know how many drops are in the ocean would be considered someone who really doesn’t know too much.

So it is with a person that claims to know the answers to everything. In reality, they don’t know very much. What is of first importance is if a person loves God. Then of second importance is if a person loves people (Matthew 22:37-40). This is a love that puts others interests above our own. It is a desire to honor others and not be concern about myself being honored.

There are some people that think they know it all. According to the verses above this happens in a person’s life to make them “feel important.” What is it that makes you “feel important?” Do you wand to strengthen the church? Do you really want to do what God truly recognizes? Then love Him and love people.

When those in local churches (those who sincerely know the Lord Jesus and gather together) truly love each other, then not only is that local church strengthened, but the universal church (those who sincerely know the Lord Jesus all over the earth) is as well.

Love as a verb is an action word. How will you and I act to show love toward God and others today? May we do so to strengthen the church for whom Jesus died and rose again for.

Dear Father, may I truly show my love for You and for people today. Please give me guidance in this by the authority of Jesus and by the Holy Spirit’s power.

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