Stay-Puff Part 3

Knowledge is an integral part of love but it also causes problems. There are two verses about wisdom and knowledge that you have to know:

“For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow. (Ecclesiastes 1:18)”

“Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. (Proverbs 3:13)”

Wisdom adds to your happiness and it adds to your grief. You better believe it. I think the same could be said for wisdom and love–much wisdom allows you to love much more. Much wisdom makes it harder to love.

Marriage illustrates this well. Because I know oh so much about my wife I know many things about her that you don’t that makes it easier for me to love her. At the same time, I know many things that make it more difficult to love her that you would never have to struggle with because you wouldn’t know those things. And, of course, the same is true for her love for me.

Wisdom and love are tough. Knowledge of a subject can make you aware of its pros and cons. Knowing the Chicago Cubs adds to my enjoyment of them but also adds greatly to my general discouragement with them. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to learn more to avoid grief. No, that knowledge that leads to grief makes the knowledge that leads to happiness that much happier!

Knowledge and love are inseparable. How can you truly love something you don’t know anything about? But, at the same time, the more you learn of it the harder it is to love it, with the warts you now know about. Our approach to knowledge is what makes love possible. If we learn about others for our benefit and to brag about how wise we are, expect trouble. But if we learn about others for their benefit, and stay away from being conceited, love is the result.

Knowledge of God comes first. “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death. (Philippians 3:10)” Learn it, love it, live it.

One thought on “Stay-Puff Part 3”

  1. Good work, Jeff. You’ve made some good points in simple, memorable ways. I linked to all three stay-puff articles at my blog.

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