Monday, 8 July 2013

When Knowledge Becomes Powerful

Sir Francis Bacon
Once again I am indebted to Dr. Bob Snyder for stimulating my thoughts with one of his “Lessons Learned on the Journey.”  He quotes Sir Francis Bacon who said, “Scienta potentia est” or “Knowledge is Power”.  The reason I’m giving Bob credit is that anyone who knows me would know that I am virtually incapable of coming up with a Latin phrase, let alone quoting Sir Bacon.

Knowledge is only power if you put it to use.  I know a number of people who have a significant amount of Biblical knowledge but their knowledge does not translate into being kinder, more loving, more gentle, or more patient.  In other words the Fruit of  the Spirit is not in evidence.  My father on the other hand had no Biblical knowledge but he lived a life that exemplified much of what is taught in Scripture.

The ironic thing is that if you just knew the Great Commandment and lived it out you would rank up with most of the saints of the 21st century.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself…”  Matthew 22:37-39

It has been said, when dealing with marital issues, that the biggest problem isn’t that we don’t love our spouse enough, it is that we don’t love God enough.  For if we had anywhere near enough appreciation for what happened on Calvary we would be among the most forgiving, loving people on this planet.

It would do me little good to memorize Ephesians 5:21-33 which describes how I should treat my wife and then treat her in a way that would be contrary to what it says.  If however, I were to merely do my best with the help of the Holy Spirit to apply the knowledge contained in those verses we would have a fantastic marriage, and a powerful testimony to an awesome God.

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