Knowledge is vain without love!

{All scripture are KJV unless stated otherwise}

Knowledge is great; however, knowledge is only good when used aptly in love for correction, exhortation, edification and comfort. Not to toot our own horn, boost our own pride or show off.

In Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children”.

 Therefore, we perish because of not having knowledge. In addition, we can see that when we just look at the world, we see a world blinded by the god of this age.

2 Corinthians 4:4 “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them”.

Therefore, because the world does not acknowledge Christ the world is perishing and being destroyed by their ignorance living in their own sin (Romans 6:23). If only they would accept him, if only!

Nevertheless, knowledge has to be complemented, complemented with what you ask? With zeal. It first has to be founded upon and saturated in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our knowledge stems from Christ.

(John 17:3)  “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”

We have the mind of Christ.

(1 Corinthians 2:16)  “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”

But where is that? Because I sure do not have the mind of Christ, I hear you saying. The mind of Christ is deposited in our spirit, which has been regenerated and been made a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17). Our physically mind is obviously limited, and we do not know all things, but by through the anointing of Christ we can know all things (1 john 2:20), but we have to draw this out from revelation knowledge, through the Holy Spirit. Also by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). Our very thoughts, actions and words have to be transformed through God’s word and to conform to his perfect will.

The balance will be a person that is passionate for Christ and is able to express that knowledge well. But sometimes you have person overzealous but with little knowledge, then you have some with a lot of knowledge but little zeal. If anyone knows of people like that or you are one yourself, just pray that God will stir up the Love that he has for you, within you. Look to Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Look to the cross, the sacrifice he paid for you, and me. That should defiantly renew a passion and ignite a flame in you.

(Romans 10:2)  “For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge”.

This scripture is talking about the Jews; they had Zeal for their religion but not the correct knowledge. They never sought after Jesus, so there was no relationship.

Knowledge stems from the word know, a very good definition of know is an intimate experience with a person or thing. Therefore, when we say we know Christ, were stating that we intimately know him and experience him. The Jews may have known God, but if they really knew him, they would have accepted Christ (John 14:7).


Many times, I seen people having correct knowledge but not applying it in love and not using it to edify, correct in love, exhort and comfort. Before I continue, let us examine what words actually mean.

The Webster dictionary defines these three terms as:

  • Exhort
  1. [to encourage, to embolden, to cheer, to advise. The primary sense seems to be to excite or to give strength, spirit or courage.]
  • Edify
  1. 2.      To instruct and improve the mind in knowledge generally, and particularly in moral and religious knowledge, in faith and holiness.


  • Comfort
  1. To strengthen; to invigorate; to cheer or enliven.


So when using our knowledge, whether evangelising, debating and so forth, it should be done in the love for others and primarily the love for Christ.

(1 Corinthians 14:3) “But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort”. [ESV translation]

1Co 13:3 “If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

1Co 13:4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant”. [ESV translation]

Therefore, whenever we speak we should speak for those three main reasons, when we display our knowledge let it not be to boast, because that is not God’s kind-of love.

(1 Corinthians 13:8)  “Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away”. [ESV translation]

Love is what remains, because God is love (1 John 4:8), so our main motivation for displaying our knowledge wherever it may be should be love. So that we may encourage, strengthen, correct brethren in the faith, and to rebuke unbelievers also in love, so that they may be convicted of their sins and repent.

Of course, our knowledge has to be based on what the Bible says, not peoples biased and prejudice opinions. Based on the true Word of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Come on people lets love each other and encourage each other, in the name of our Lord.

(1 John 2:10)  “Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling”.

God bless


  1. April 27, 2010 at 9:05 am

    I LOVE this write up!! I hear voice of our Lord in it. Bless you indeed as you continue to minister His Grace and His Love. I’m just passing by to say continue the GOOD work.

    PJ xx

  2. Aaron G
    April 28, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Very true….

    i once heard this quote: “an ounce of love is worth a ton of knowledge”

    Great blog

  3. May 4, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    A challenging article. We have to start with loving ourselves, not in a selfish way but in a godly way, before we can really start to love others, including those we don’t like. I find many people are ‘waiting on the Lord’ for direction to love, to study, to work while God is waiting on them to do something! God has created us with an excellent brain so we can always increase our knowledge and then our skill to help ourselves and to help others. We need to strive to be the very best we can be and that in itself is a great testimony to the grace and mercy of God.

  1. May 24, 2010 at 11:21 am

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