In the song Love, Love, Love, the Sidewalk Prophets repeat the word love as many as twelve times in a row.
The catchy and syncopated lyrical technique punches home that without love in everything we do, we’re not accomplishing much as Christians.
Here’s how 1 Corinthians 8:1 says it:
“Now concerning things offered to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.”
To put this verse into context, there was disagreement about the food they were allowed to eat. Was it acceptable to eat food that had been offered before idols? The discussion turned to their knowledge of right and wrong, afraid eating such food might be a sin or cause others to lose their faith.
Not so, Paul taught. Knowledge tells us that a fake god can’t bless or curse food. It’s of no consequence.
But that wasn’t the important thing. He wanted them to look at themselves. They were so proud of what they knew, but did their knowledge make the situation better? Or had the topic become a matter of divisive accusations?
Paul summed up this teaching, as he did so many of his great New Testament sermons, with a nugget of unalterable truth for us to carry away.
“Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.”
So, go ahead. Learn all you can. Fill your head with knowledge. Just remember this:
Love wins the battle every time. As the Sidewalk Prophets say, “Love, love, love … and so on.” Without it, we aren’t getting much done for the Lord.
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