Why You Don't Know Everything

Why You Don't Know Everything
Devotion by Pastor Alexander Redd
October 27, 2023

"Anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn't really know very much." (1 Corinthians 8:2 NLT)

I wonder if you would agree with me about my experience with people who behave like they know everything or have answers to everything. They argue endlessly even when facts and the truth prove them wrong.

Today's devotion reminds us of the importance of humility, empathy, and wisdom in the life of a believer in Christ. Humility is a virtue that allows us to recognize our limitations and weaknesses. It is a quality that helps us approach others with a sense of equality and respect.

When we humbly acknowledge that we do not have all the answers and that there is always room for growth, we create an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and heard. Empathy, on the other hand, is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. It requires us to put ourselves in someone else's shoes, to listen with an open heart, and to respond with compassion.

When we choose empathy, we break down barriers and build bridges of understanding and acceptance. We become more aware of the struggles and challenges faced by those around us, and we are moved to help and support them. Wisdom is the application of knowledge and discernment in our daily lives. It is the ability to make sound judgments and decisions guided by a deep understanding of God's truth.

Wisdom helps us navigate complex situations, ensuring our actions are rooted in love, understanding, and respect. It allows us to see beyond our own perspectives and biases, embracing diversity and promoting inclusivity. Pride and a lack of tolerance are detrimental to values of humility, empathy, and wisdom. When we are consumed by pride, we become self-centered and unwilling to consider the needs and perspectives of others.

This inhibits the growth of a harmonious and inclusive community. Similarly, a lack of tolerance prevents us from embracing the differences that make each individual unique. It hinders our ability to foster unity and understanding.

The apostle Paul says, "Anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn't really know very much." (1 Corinthians 8:2 NLT)

Our faith in Christ calls us to live a fulfilling life characterized by humility, empathy, and wisdom.
Embodying these qualities creates a space where everyone feels valued, accepted, and loved. We should abandon pride and intolerance and adopt the godly qualities of humility, empathy, and wisdom. In doing so, we become vessels of God's love, shining His light in a world that desperately needs inclusivity and understanding.

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