Thursday, August 13, 2015

the most important thing

Today's readings: Nehemiah 5:14-7:73a, 1 Cor 8:1-13, Psalm 33:1-11, Proverbs 21:8-10

Paul talks to us about the most important thing in life today. He discusses knowledge, and in today's data driven, information as commodity world, you might think that knowledge is the most important thing.

But Paul makes it clear that there is something far more important than knowledge. And it heartily agrees with what Jesus said when asked what is most important in life. When they asked Jesus what the greatest commandment is, He said to love God with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength, and to love other people like we love ourselves.

Paul says that knowledge is important, but that love is far more important. Knowledge tells us that we are free - that Jesus set us free from sin and death, and we are free to live in eternal life now.

But love goes farther. Love tells us that even though we realize we're free, we should take the weaker faith and the weaker understanding of our brothers and sisters into account, and act in love toward them.

That applies so much to our lives today, where the internet is making our world so small, and ever smaller. A little love goes a long way in making our lives better. And not everyone you meet is going to have the same knowledge of God and Jesus that you have. So treat them kindly, and with patience and gentleness. Treat them, in fact, the way that God treats us, since we also have a long way to go.

Thank You, God, for treating us so gently and lovingly when we're operating in ignorance.

1 comment:

julie reedy said...

Amen, this is the greatest command of all, and yet it is the hardest thing for us to do. God knows this and that is why many times if we listen we will learn the most from the least likely person ( in our opinion) than from any other source here on earth.