“Knowing” without Loving just isn’t very smart...
Knowledge puffs up while love builds up. Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know. But whoever loves truly knows.
– 1 Corinthians 8:1-3
What an amazing and understated revelation. Knowledge without Love is like having gallons of fuel but no car, it just stinks, it gets you nowhere, and it is prone to blowing things up.
It's interesting to imagine the change it would bring to our understanding of Scripture if our first concern was Love (both giving and receiving) rather than knowledge. We've wasted too much time using it to form arguments and opinions. There's something greater awaiting us!
Secondly, and more personally, I imagine what would happen if I knew Love more than I knew my woundedness, bitterness, and regrets. What if I sought to know Love more than I sought to know healing, wholeness, happiness, or satisfaction? From what I can tell, those things would absolutely follow! I suppose this is also what Jesus meant when he said, "Seek first God's kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
“By love may He be gotten and holden, by thought never.”
– Anonymous, The Cloud of Unknowing