Knowledge is Getting, Love is Giving

From John Piper’s Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God:

So the issue in Corinth is that knowledge was producing pride, and pride was destroying love. So he says, “This ‘knowledge’ puffs up, but love builds up.” Knowledge is susceptible to pride because it is the result of getting, not giving. Knowledge is a possession. It is something we have attained. So we are prone to boast about it. Love, on the other hand, is the act of giving, not getting. Love is not an attainment or an acquisition. It moves outward. It shares. It takes thought for the interest of others. It builds up the faith of others rather than the ego of the lover.

© 2012, Rick Hogaboam. All rights reserved.

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