1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Have you ever been to a concert? Have you heard a solo on a guitar or piano or violin? Now, what about a cymbal? Ever heard a cymbal solo? NO! That’s because the instrument by itself is just an annoying noise. That’s what we are if we do not love – annoying noise.
Now as an interesting experiment, go back and put your name in everywhere it says the word “love” in verses 4-7. Are you?
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.
The most important thing is that we love one another. It’s more important than the law, the greatest commandment.
The only way we can love is to allow Christ to love through us. Husbands do you love your wives as Christ loves the church? I can’t. But, I SO want Him to do that through me. Don’t let people tell you that you don’t know how to love. Don’t let satan tell you that. If Christ is in you, He is love – and so that love is in you. The key is be aware of Him in you. and get out of the way.
Now, that’s easy for me to say, but I’m the one that really needed to hear that!
God, shower Your love on all who read this today! Make it so obvious to them that You love them. Then, help us all to learn how to return that love to those You’ve given us to love – and those who are not so lovely. Be love through us today for Your glory.