Tinkling Cymbals

Cymbals1 Corinthians 13:1-13,   Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 4  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8  Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11  When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Yesterday, while reading 1 Corinthians 13, I was reminded once again, as I have been on many occasions, that this chapter is probably the most convicting and challenging chapter in all of the Holy Scripture. This chapter, found in the midst of a letter written to a church that has many different issues, deals with the importance of love in the life of a follower of Jesus.

Love is the language of God’s Kingdom!

Nothing is more important in the life of a follower of Jesus than love. Our love for God, our love for others, including fellow-believers and non-believers, and yes, even our enemies (Matthew 5:43-48),  is the badge of true discipleship.

Love is the language of God’s Kingdom!

The lesson learned upon meditating on 1 Corinthians 13 is simple. Without love, regardless of how well we speak, what gifts we exhibit, what sacrifices we make, and even what we may accomplish in Jesus’ name, without it flowing from a heart of love for God and others, we are like a tinkling cymbal. And, most folks are more bothered than blessed by a tinkling cymbal!

Love is the language of God’s Kingdom!

Regrettably, I will have to admit to you that much I have said and done, in years gone by, has probably been more like a sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal than heavenly music from the throne of our King.

“The main evidence of maturity in the Christian life is a growing love for God and for God’s people, as well as a love for lost souls. It has well been said that love is the ‘circulatory system’ of the body of Christ.”  – Warren Weirsbe  

O Lord, help me to have a heart overflowing with love for You and others!

Just Reflecting!

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