What is love?
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
In 1 Corinthians 8:1 we are told that knowledge puffs up while love builds up. It is not enough to just know something, it needs to be activated. We can know everything about becoming healthy, for example, but this knowledge is useless unless we activate it by eating healthily, exercising, and being disciplined in training. The same is true of love. We don’t just need to know about it, we need to activate it – to live it out in our everyday life.
As the old saying goes, if you just have knowledge then you end up with a big head. Whilst you might have the right answer for everything and be able to speak truth into every situation, the truth you speak without love is empty. It is not that knowledge is bad; we should never despise it or stop seeking knowledge. Rather, it is a case of turning our focus to activating the knowledge that we have – to allowing love to build up us and our relationships.
Listen to the full message from Pastor Randy Srochenski here.