1 Corinthians 13:9 (NKJV)
Have you ever met a “know it all” type of person? Most of us have, and it is usually not a very pleasant experience. Sadly, there are some people who think that they do in fact know it all and you really can’t tell them much, if anything, that they do not think that they already know. The problem is that no one really knows it all, because there is always more to learn. If someone has the “I know it all” attitude it also very often results in those people having a bad attitude.
Christians are called to walk in love. This is not always the easiest thing to do, and we all have room to grow in this area. One thing that has helped me to walk in love with others is what we read in 1 Corinthians 13:9, “we know in part”. No one knows everything about every other person, and if we really understand this it can help us to walk in love. We don’t know what other people are dealing with, and we don’t know all of the things that they may have gone through.
In 1 Corinthians 13 we can read about the love of God, and Romans 5:5 says that the love of God is in us. But how does that work in our lives? If we look at the characteristics of love in light of how we only know a part of what is going on with the other person, it can help us to be patient, kind, and so on. We need to understand that we don’t know everything about other people and that they may not even realize how poorly they are behaving. By recognizing that no one knows everything, we only see a part of things, it can help us to walk in love.