1 Corinthians 13:1- 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.
Imagine with me an instrumentalist following you around this week with a huge gong and a clanging cymbal. Every time you speak, act, or do anything they sound the gong and clang the cymbal. You try to speak kind words to your loved ones, and there goes the gong and the cymbals. Then you use the blessed gifts in which God has graciously given you only to be drowned out by that noisy gong sounding and those raucous cymbals crashing. You even give all your possessions to help the poor and surrender your body as a martyr, but once again all that is seen and heard is the rumbling of the gong and the clatter of the cymbal.
The previous illustration is obviously not a reality in the literal sense, but I wonder if we realize that our words, our deeds, our ministry, and even our sacrifices done without love are compared as such. I can speak the most gracious and kind words to another person, but without demonstrating biblical love my words fight to be heard over the noise of my actions. I can use the physical and spiritual gifts God has blessed me with, in the church and in my family, but with the wrong focus of my heart my service is silenced, ineffective. I can give all I have even my very life, but without biblical love it profits nothing. Love should be what compels me to speak. Love ought to be the focal point of using my God given gifts for his glory. Love must be the driving power behind every good deed and all my sacrifices, because without love this all simply fails.
Love is patient, meaning it is long suffering and long fused. Love is kind and not jealous, meaning it is not self-seeking, not self-interested, and not egotistical. Love does not brag, and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own; meaning that every time we promote our self, every big-headed thought and action we are not acting in true biblical love. Love does not take into account wrong suffered. This means that laundry list of the wrongs done to you are shredded in the love of Jesus Christ. Love rejoices in truth and never in unrighteousness. True love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.
The world will attempt to distract us with every unbiblical, untrue, and skewed view of love this month. Please pause and review the biblical examples, definitions, and descriptions of true biblical love recorded for us in God’s Word. Also be ever mindful that the most eloquent word, the grandest gift, and the most impressive self-sacrifice without true biblical love; sounds like noise and seems like nothing. But true biblical love is the greatest word, the most glorious gift, and is demonstrated to us by Jesus Christ the Lord.