The Rising Sins of Knowledge
Diotrophes has been dishonorably remembered for two thousand years because he loved to be first. Not a pleasing epitaph. (See 3 John 9)
Self-promotion is not an original thought.
Knowledge can be wicked for it is the tool I use to promote me. It raises pride within me, the root of all evil.
Knowledge supports my competitiveness, for it cannot sit still or remain silent. It yells for display, ignoring both discretion and tact.
A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them. (Proverbs 14:3)
Knowledge is the empowerment of the mind to seek its own honor. However, when paraded before the sage or those who can bridle their mouth - it only invites dishonor.
The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin. (Proverbs 10:14)
Don't forget that even a fish is safe if it keeps its mouth closed.
Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues. (Proverbs 17:28)
God's earth is littered with those who must be known. The curtains of the heart are drawn apart by the words that pass through a man's lips.
- Better a secret place with the prudent than the city square beside a fool.
- Better a man who knows his heart, than a man who can't feel his sin.
- Better to sup with a silent simpleton than an argumentative scholar.
Knowledge is the enemy of wisdom as much as the mouth becomes a torturer to the soul.
Knowledge becomes the enemy of wisdom when it is perched alertly upon the pillars of pride.
Today's Soul Snippet:
"Theology has become the arbiter of truth when it cannot be the guarantor of truth."
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