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. – 1 Corinthians 13:1
My grandmother used to say, ‘You making a whole lotta noise but you ain’t saying nothing girl’, and I would roll my eyes and think that she was foolish or without understanding. Now that I am grown I realize that my Gran was as wise as she could be for that time; as church folk we are used to making noise, but when that noise overrides the love that we are to show our brothers and sisters it becomes of none effect. This is a scripture that I love to share with others:
But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart. – 1 Sam. 16:7
Why do you think that God looks on the heart? Why not the eyes? They are purported to be the windows to the soul, correct? God looks on the heart because He loves us and God Himself is Love. Paul even tells us in 1 Corinthians about Faith, Hope and Charity and he says that the greatest of these is Charity (or love). Probably the first scriptures that we learned after the 23rd Psalms was John 3:16, For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son… and then there is 1 John 4:19, We love him, because he first loved us.
It often confuses me when I see or hear Christians who profess to love God and Jesus Christ be nasty or malicious to others, yet with their same lips will send up praise and worship to Him! I actually watched a television “preacher” say to one of his members during a service, “what you looking at, with your broke self?” What?!? A holder of the gospel of Jesus behaving in that manner? Does that show the love of God? What message does that send to an unsaved viewer? Why do we grieve the Holy Spirit by openly desecrating His commandments? I have often heard that words have power, and being a student of psychology I have to agree with that. Imagine a wife having been browbeaten by an emotionally abusive husband for years; she will wear that abuse in her demeanor, her attitude and her spirit. Even worse, a child who has been told from his first moments of understanding that he is worthless, and stupid and ugly…do you believe that child will grow up into a productive, self-confident young man?
Such are the children of God, we come into the faith as new creations supposedly, but along the way pick up old habits, or should I call them old band instruments (wink). We speak with the tongues of men and angels, but do not love others truly, whether due to a haughty spirit, or pride, or perceived superiority because of acquired (though not Godly) knowledge, and instead of glorifying God with our mouths, we are just making noise.
What meaneth the noise? Not much. I stated earlier that scripture says that man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart. What does God know about the heart? Well, Jeremiah 17:9 says that, The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Again, God knows.
John 4:8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 Cor. 13: 4-8 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.
I don’t know about you, but I do not want God turning a deaf ear to my prayer or my praise. I would rather attempt, to my fullest ability, to love my brothers and sisters, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. God bless you, love you!
A Pastor’s Wife