Love builds up
“Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.” 1 Corinthians 8:1,2
Have you met someone who knows everything? No matter what others say, they have to have the last word. Their opinion is always the best… they can hardly accept that someone else can think or give suggestions that would be different from their own. When making a choice they only think about their own choices. It becomes a matter of ego for them because they feel the need to prove that they were right all along.
Such behavior bruises and breaks down relationships. Love causes people to build others up. Love looks at the views expressed by others and gives them the benefit of doubt or the chance to prove their ideas or thoughts. Love doesn’t feel the need to push its own importance because it believes in bringing people together and doing good work which goes beyond narrow and selfish confines.
A know-all betrays a sense of insecurity around others who really know what they are doing. This causes them to create friction and play games to make themselves look one up on others. They play with secrecy, pulling people down behind their backs, making things difficult instead of easier.
We have a choice each day to build or to break others. We can choose to lay down the path that we want to walk on. Whatever we choose, years later people will remember how we made them feel… whether we made them feel good, bad, ugly or sad inside.
“Dear Jesus, help me to live with Your love that builds others. Teach me to see others the way You see them, Lord, Amen.”