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1 Corinthians 8:2
Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know.
St. Paul was about to deal with offenses in the church at Corinth, and those that would come in the future, in greater detail. At one point, he said, “If eating meat sacrificed to idols causes my brother to stumble, I won’t eat meat again!” But this particular verse sets the stage for him to explain his spiritual position on this matter. He said, “No One Knows It All!” (paraphrase).
I know folks who operate as though they know it all! They’ve got life figured out, their God fits perfectly in the box they’ve created for him, and life is good. But “No One Knows It All!” Inevitably something will happen that causes everything they’ve established as perfect to crumble and then they’re left sitting in a corner shaking their head and claiming that God isn’t good to them anymore. But that’s not true. God is a good God, but it’s on us to be open to our brothers and sisters who need love and relationship, not condescension and loneliness. Paul said if it hurts my brother, I won’t do it. Before we judge our brother or sister, let’s learn new information about them that may be causing them to be broken. Once we know more, we can help more, because “No One Knows It All!”
I’m quite aware of my weaknesses when it comes to knowing very much. Most of all. Lord, help me to be willing to learn more about my brother’s needs so I can serve him in a better way. Amen