Tuesday, 8/22/2017

 

Good Morning, Believer in Christ Jesus,

 

Today part of the world will be able to see a partial eclipse of the sun. Our area may or may not be able to see it depending upon whether it is cloudy or sunny. It looks rather doubtful at this time, but we shall see on Tuesday. Those that live to the south and west of Milwaukee will be able to have a better view of it, if one wants to see it at all? Over the years of my life I have seen a number of eclipses. I remember one of them when I was about 12 years old. I remember the warnings of not looking at the sun when this happens because it will damage one’s eyes. Also, do not look at the eclipsed sun with a pair of ordinary sunglasses. It does not take long for the sun to do its damage to our precious eyes. It will cause permanent damage and never be able to be repaired in this lifetime on earth. That year I looked at the sun in a reflection of a mud puddle. It did a good job of allowing me to see the event but without hurting my eyes. I read about those in some countries that worship the sun and at some point in their life upon earth decided to look directly into the sun to appease the god of the sun. In just a few days of doing that act caused the person to be left totally blind never to see again. What a price to pay for a false perception of a “god”. The sun has been worshiped by many cultures and seems to be a focus of many people around the world. The sun has great value as we consider the heat, the light, and the necessity for the plants on earth. But, it is only the sun and it was created by God to have an important function upon this planet. May we thank God for this gift to our world!!!

 

1 Corinthians 8:1-3 - 1Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.

 

Subject: Which is Better, Knowledge or Love?

 

Paul now switches the subject from marriage and morality to food offered to idols. This question or concern came from the Corinthian believers and Paul wants to respond to it. The question that is being focused upon is most likely stated: Is it right to eat meet that has been offered to an idol or a false god?

 

He begins by saying that all of us possess knowledge on this matter. That is, the Christians probably know the answer that Paul is going to bring to this question. But, he states, that a person knowing a matter puffs up (to make one proud or arrogant) that person, but there is another alternative to look at this issue. That alternative is to love (regard someone with affection). When love is demonstrated it will build up people. Just remember: For one to say, “I love you” is not enough. Those are just words and without action of regarding another person with affection, they are just empty words.

 

Concerning the subject of knowledge, just because someone has knowledge we need to realize that we may have not possessed enough knowledge concerning any matter. There is always more to learn about any matter. Sometimes we think that we know some matter completely. And it may be that it is possible to know facts, details, specifics, and essentials about a subject, but more can be developed on most every subject.

 

The problem with people as they grow older is that they think they have lived longer than others that are younger, but this may not be necessarily true. As we grow older we are more rigid in our personal beliefs and are less prone to change or be willing to be educated. The problem is in our culture that things are changing radically at a very quick pace. With technology, discoveries, and new inventions, knowing becomes obsolete rather quickly. Look what has happened in the computer industry over the past 25 years. I have lived through the changes that I have had to learn over those years and I have just scratched the surface of that big area of growth in knowledge. I am probably ten years behind in knowing as I should know.

 

But, in the area of love, we can be affectionate toward others by our actions and love does not change. I define love as “the giving of oneself expecting nothing in return.” And you and I fall short of this kind of love. It is only God who can love in this way and loved in this way through His Son Jesus Christ. So if you have a choice of having knowledge or love, choose love. And, if we love others, let God love others through YOU. You will see by the end of the week that love wins!!!

 

Love others through God’s Spirit,

 

Pastor Les

 

Scripture is from the ESV® Bible  (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.  Used by permission.  All rights reserved.