Thermometer or Thermostat


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Knowlege without wisdom is useless and dangerous.

We often take pride in our knowledge and having impressive sounding degrees or have so many degrees that we are like a thermometer. A thermometer can only tell you how hot or how cold it is, it can’t do anything about it. Just like so many of us who are puffed up with our own knowledge, we go around pointing out what’s wrong with others and belittling others simply because they don’t share our point of view but we offer no real solutions at all.

Wisdom, on the other hand, is like a thermostat. A thermostat not only senses the temperature but is also able to adjust the temperature to the desired set point. Wisdom is not only knowing what is wrong but also being able to offer a solution and effect change in a right way.

As a Christian, is the fruit of the Spirit evident in us? Do people know us by our love? or Are we merely a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal?

1Corinthians 13:1-13

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love..


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