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Monday, September 02, 2002

Edifier du jour-1 Corinthians 8:1-3
1 Now concerning things sacrificed to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies. 2 If anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet known as he ought to know; 3 but if anyone loves God, he is known by Him
There are many versus shooting down worldly knowledge, but this hits home-"Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies." I'm finding this to be especially true in marriage-it's not an accident that Paul puts this right behind the marriage chapter. When Eileen's been down this last month (adjusting to teaching and everything else) I've found that her spirit responds not to a dispassionate analysis of her fears and frustrations but a hug and a "I wuv you." For Mr. Four College Degrees, that's hard to do, to turn the intellect off for a while and just love on her. In less intimate settings, it's also a wiser move to back off on the intellect. There are some times where it's better to let an invalid opinion rest rather than cause division by showing the person the error of their opinion. If the correction is meant more to show off your knowledge than to help the corectee, bite your toungue.

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