The other day I met someone who had been a Christian for years, but who was showing little love to the people around him.
It reminded me of the way I can be if I’m not careful. And it reminded me of this:
Knowledge of God without the love of God isn’t God.
And that’s a growing edge for me spiritually. It’s much easier for me to grow my knowledge of God than it is for me grow my love for God and people.
And maybe the biggest challenge I will have today will not be to know more, but to love more. To love deeply.
My problem is that the more I know about life, or a person, or a situation, the less easy I find it to love. It is much easier for me to love people in principle than to love them specifically. That isn’t universally true, but it’s true enough to concern me.
I can easily
See the flaws
Find the challenges
Think about how I would handle things better than they have
And knowledge of God, of the bible, of the way things should be can actually make that worse, not better. So I remind myself that God doesn’t behave that way. He is all knowing – he sees faults that I am completely blind to in me and in others. And he is all loving. He doesn’t use his knowledge as a blunt instrument or barrier. He sees all and decides to give all. He loves anyway. And so should I.
So I remind myself: knowledge of God without the love of God isn’t God.
So today, I need to not just know…I need to love.
How about you? How do you see this dynamic at work in your life?