Knowing and Speaking in Part

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.  When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

I Corinthians 13:8-11

Everything we say and know is eventually going to vanish away.  Part of the reason for that is simple – as this passage says, “we know in part, and we prophesy in part.”  As much as we think we know and as much as we might way, we really don’t know much.  In fact, we really know very little.  Just think of how little we know in the grand scheme of things.  Think of how little we know compared to all of the knowledge in the world today.  I have recently been trying to learn another language.  Just when I start to think that I am getting pretty intelligent, I come across someone who speaks several languages fluently.  Suddenly, my knowledge seems pretty small.

Now, imagine our tiny amount of knowledge in comparison to the amount of perfect knowledge that the Lord possesses.  We really do know and speak in part.  It is important to remember this sometimes.  It is important to remember this in the context of having charity.  Our knowledge is weak and limited.  Our love does not have to be weak and limited.  Our love for others can be the sacrificial love that Christ had for us.  Our knowledge isn’t nearly as great as we think it is.  Our love needs to be greater.

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