The G.I. Joe cartoon series of the late ’80’s and early 90’s always ended with a teaching moment. At the end of the lesson, Joe says, “And now you know. And knowing is half the battle.” This seems to be Paul’s instruction to the church in Corinth. They had become so obsessed with getting things “right” that they missed the harm their “rights” caused to others in the community. Thus, Paul tells them to instead favor love over their so-called knowledge. Because this is precisely what God in Christ does for them.
Skip ahead 2,000 years and we still haven’t heard Paul’s words. Whether inside or outside the church community, our arguments center around our rights, or more appropriately, our selfish desires. We still seek justification for our status, power, and possessions gained at the expense of another. But for those who profess Christ, we are called to live a downwardly mobile life. For Christ gave up his deserved status, power, and possession to become one of us. He sacrificed even that status to serve, nurture, and love through even death. He knew the law better than anyone and proclaimed by his word and life that love fulfills it. So ought we seek to do the same.