Read: 1 Corinthians 5-8
Marked: 1 Corinthians 8:1-2, Now concerning things offered to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.
In answering the question of eating meat sacrificed to idols, Paul addresses a greater principle of knowledge versus love. We all have knowledge, or think we do, but Christian behaviour isn’t founded in knowledge, but love. (See 1 Corinthians 13)
The goal of the Christian isn’t to amass knowledge but to grow in love. As Paul says, knowledge puffs up (V18), but love edifies. Both knowledge and love can stimulate growth, but knowledge absent of love can grow an arrogant heart and stubborn pride.
Love seeks to edify, which means to build a house or erect a building. Christian love has as its objective the betterment of the person and the restoration of that which is broken.