1 Corinthians 13:1-2 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.
You know how Charlie Brown’s teacher always said a lot but you couldn’t figure out a word she was saying? It was, “wah wah woh wah wah,” or something like that. That’s what you sound like if you don’t have love. Well, that’s what Paul is saying anyways. You could have amazing gifts from God. You could speak in tongues or have the gift of prophecy. You could have such tremendous faith (the kind bigger than a mustard seed) that you could move a mountain. But if you don’t have love, you sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher.
That’s really the big take away today. Sometimes we like to get into debates with people about our beliefs. We like to prove we are right. Another trend I am seeing lately is people condemning the church. There is lots of talk about how the church is messed up, etc. If it is done out of frustration and not love, then that talk sounds like Charlie Brown’s teacher. And really I am being nice about this whole thing. After all, Charlie Brown’s teacher is simply not understood. But Paul says that without love we will sound like a resounding gong or clanging symbol. That’s a little more annoying. Not only will people not listen to you, but you will annoy them. Great.
So we must examine our motives. Are we reaching out to someone to fix them for our convenience or is it because we love them? Do we have compassion or toleration? Is love present in our conversation and in our thoughts? Just some things to think about. Let’s lay a foundation of love in our lives and see the gifts really come alive the way God intended them to.