Knowledge Needs Love

Friends, today I am participating in the Idolizing Knowledge series on First and Second Blog. Knowledge of the Word of God is such a vital part of growing in our faith and walking through this life as a believer. There is, however, the other side of the coin: it is easy to fall into idolizing our knowledge of the Word of God. If you have found yourself struggling with this, I recommend reading through the post on this series. Find the guest directory here.

Knowledge Needs Love

In the last four years, I have spent copious hours studying and memorizing theories, policies, therapy methods, warning signs, conditions, and many other things. You see, I am a Speech & Language Pathologist in the making, currently working on my Master’s degree. I am learning how to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, and social communication skills among others.

But as I have shared this holy space of struggle with these people who have impairments or difficulties, I have come to understand that though all this knowledge is very much needed to find the right ways to live and learn, it will only be useful if it comes out of a heart that loves.

“Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.” (1 Corinthians 8:1)

It took me a good while to see this, to truly understand this — that our souls are made for communing with God. Our hearts have been made to crave that communication with our Lord and Maker, the constant reflection of His wisdom and grace flowing through to our hearts and guiding our steps. 

By one definition, a language disorder occurs when a person has trouble understanding others or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings with others. So when our ability to communicate is severed? When we cannot express that feeling, that idea that takes space in our hearts and in our minds?

Suddenly we find ourselves in this confusing, terrifying place that hurts us to the core — and most of the time, we cannot quite understand why.

“Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.” (Charles Spurgeon)

Though I am still very early on in my learning to sit with these people, to share in their journey and try to help them, it has been easy to see that it does not help them when I quote theories that possibly explain why they are experiencing what they are experiencing. It does not help with the anxiety, and it does not help with the hurting.

What these people need — and what I know for myself that I need as well — is for someone to see their pain, to understand their pain and struggle, and to sit with them as we together find ways for them to move on, to get better.

I can see so often that it is the same for us with the Word of God and how we try to use our knowledge of His Word.

A suffering heart is seeking for answers, but it seeks compassion even more. A hurting heart is seeking for healing, but it seeks love and acceptance even more. Though the knowledge of the Word of God will help us, and hopefully others, to draw closer to God and to find answers to the questions that echo loud in our minds — it is always love that touches the needy heart and the searching soul.

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  • Anita Ojeda

    Ronja, you are so much further ahead of the game than many people--who don't realize that those who seek help also want empathy and understanding as well as respect and treatment plan. May God continue to guide you and help you in your journey to help others!

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Anita! I find it's so important to have the right heart when helping others -- but I sure still have so much to learn. Thankful that God helps us and gives us wisdom! Thank you for stopping by here and taking the time to comment. God bless you!

  • Barbie Swihart

    This post is spot on. While so many are crying out for help and healing, love, compassion and care are what they want even more.

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much, Barbie! Oh that we would see others like Christ does: with a heart of compassion and love above all else. Thank you for visiting here! God bless you!

  • mbethany

    Ronja! Thanks again for participating in the series. Your unique perspective is so refreshing and enlightening!

    • Ronja

      Thank you for the opportunity, Bethany! I'm so glad I got to take part in it. This is such an important topic and a great series! :) God bless you!

  • A Narrow-Minded Woman

    Without love, everything is in vain. Always a good reminder. :)

    • Ronja

      Yes indeed! Thank you for visiting here today! God bless you!

  • Bella Easterbrook

    This one really hits home. I've studied theology in the past, so I've been exposed to lots of 'Christian knowledge'. But without love and compassion for other people, it really has very little value. Both working together can be very powerful indeed.