We cannot forget the simplicities of the Christian faith in our pursuit to dive deep into different studies. Our zeal pushes us to learn more, which is great, but we must decide if we’re using the knowledge as a weapon to hurt others or as a method of encouragement. Are we studying to show ourselves approved or to appear smarter than others? Are we studying to argue? We must ask ourselves these questions often and adjust whenever necessary.
I’ve learned over the years that we haven’t conquered the seemingly “simplistic truths” of the Christian faith; yet, we’re in search of deeper things. We want studies on the anointing, but we refuse to be loving towards our enemies. We want to argue about predestination, but we haven’t yet decided to forgive someone’s past actions. Many want to prophecy, but they’re mean and prideful. Some are quick to point out how others are breaking levitical laws while they ignore the stranger on the street who’s in need.
I’ve learned that hurting people don’t care about the Greek translation of love; they simply want to feel it expressed to them. I’ve learned that all of the studying in the world can’t prepare you to remain disciplined in tough situations and push you to faithfully serve in offensive places. You can know all the books of the Bible in order, but what does it mean if you’re impatient with your spouse, dishonorable with your parents and selfish with those around you.
“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;[a] but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.” [1 Corinthians 13:1-3]