This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot this week, since finding out that a friend of mine lost a sister. I’ve not really experienced death in my family at all yet, so seeing her grief really hit me hard. That’s what I’m discussing in a fashion in this post.
It is not enough to know.
It is not enough to possess knowledge.
Although knowledge is still a good thing.
I know that death is sad.
I know that those who believe and die go to Heaven to be with our Savior; they have gained the prize!
I know this.
But when my good friend melted in my kitchen, the day her sister died, that knowledge dd not help me.
I did not know what to do or say, how or if I should comfort her.
All I could do was hug her.
And that’s all she wanted and needed.
Knowledge is good.
It grounds us in truth.
But you don’t really know until you experience it.
You haven’t really gotten it until you are in it.
I fear the day I hear someone I love has died.
But I know: God is good.
I know that others will love me.
I know it, but it won’t be real until I see it.
Until I have it.
“We know that “We all possess knowledge.” But knowledge puffs up while love builds up. 2Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know. 3But whoever loves God is known by God.a” ~1 Corinthians 8:1b-3
“3His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
10Therefore, my brothers and sisters,a make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
12So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. 13I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, 14because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.” ~2 Peter 1