Luke 12:47-48 (NIV)
47 “The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. 48 But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
1 Corinthians 8:1-3 (NIV)
1 Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that “We all possess knowledge.” But knowledge puffs up while love builds up. 2 Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know. 3 But whoever loves God is known by God.
Knowing is a tricky thing. Eve was convinced in her mind that it was okay and desirable to eat the forbidden fruit. She understood that God said not to, but she came to know it was the thing to do. Though she was able to convince Adam the same thing, she was not able to change the mind of God.
We will each stand alone before the Lord to give an account of our lives. All our works will face the fire of the righteous judgment of the Lord. Our good works will survive the refining flames of His justice.
Our hope and faith rest on the mercy and grace of Christ. Love will cover a multitude of sins. That is the power of His blood.
1 Peter 4:7-8 (NIV)
7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.