It is one thing to know that the Bible is the Word of God but it is another thing to understand its purpose and meaning. So many of us read the Word as if it is the Law and then present it as a “lawman” to whosoever will listen. This type of approach will alienate people to the point of indifference and even mocking hostility. The “knowledgists” know the letter of the law will destroy individuals, yet they pursue their “duty” to present the Gospel with no holds barred. What is missing in so many Christian soldiers is Wisdom. Presenting the Word helter-skelter reinforces Jesus’ teaching on the parable of the Sower where the seed thrown on the “wayside” had no chance to bear fruit. (Luke 8:12) Wisdom helps us to understand how we are to present the Word. Wisdom reveals when we are to speak up and when to be silent. It helps us to know when and where to present the Truth. Without wisdom, knowledge can be misused and even exploited. The Pharisees had the knowledge of the Law, but lacked wisdom in presenting its contents. They did not know how to present truth outside of their own interpretation. Twenty-first century Christianity has adopted Biblical Truth by promoting a “bipolar” approach. On one hand, you have the legalists, who present the Word with no tact or concern how the hearer will respond. The other end of the spectrum presents only the Word that will not offend the hearer. In both cases, there is a lack of wisdom. Knowing how to present the reality of Hell in a manner that will bypass their defenses will take wisdom. Ignoring the subject of Hell displays a total lack of wisdom.
To fully understand the implications of knowledge and wisdom one must grasp the reality of their foundation. Paul, in his letter to the Believers in Colossae, said that when he heard of their “love in the Spirit,” (Colossians 1:8) he prayed continually for them that they might be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and understanding. Many of us know that we are to display love in everything that we do. The Scripture states that the world will know us by our love. There is a difference between manufactured love and love in the Spirit. Manufactured love is displayed because we know it is what we are supposed to do. The love from the Spirit is given because it’s what we want to do. Manufactured love forgives others but we don’t have to like it. The Spirit love forgives with no strings attached. One type of love is activated by personal motivation, while the other love is initiated by the Spirit.
Knowledge and wisdom can only be effective with the love that God places within the spirit of man. Without love, knowledge and wisdom will become nothing more than manipulated concepts. As we love the truth and quest for knowledge and wisdom, we will learn what it is to walk worthy of the Lord. Without love, knowledge will divide Believers. Without love, wisdom will be objective and interpretive.
Before we continue to seek knowledge and wisdom, let us grasp the reality of God’s love for us. His love is unconditional and eternal. As we grow in awareness of His love, we will offer this love to others with the same unconditional expression. When Divine love is implanted in our lives, our acceptance of one another is unqualified. Harmony and oneness will engulf our Fellowships. Gossip and backbiting will be non-existent. Judgment and prejudices will vanish.