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.
For the next 14 days I will be taking us through a journey in 1 Corinthians 13, one verse a day. I call this a LOVE FEAST. Each day we will explore, with the help of the Holy Spirit, the love of God that has been given to us to live by. These truths were put here in the bible for us to help us grow and mature in His love.
Today let us begin with verse 1. Love speaks and it has a distinct language. It has a particular sound.
I thought it very interesting that Paul by the Holy Spirit started out this love feast talking to us about our speech or our words. Many may think what does that have to do with love, well; evidently it is of high priority. The origin of our words are very important, now I am not speaking of whether the word is Greek, Hebrew or Latin, I am referring to their spiritual origin. What kingdom was it sent from: darkness or light? Jesus reminds us in scripture that the words He spoke were not His own words but the words of the Father which sent Him.
Paul said in 1 Corinthians 13:1. Though I speak with the tongues or we can say languages of men and of angels. Now, I had to ask the Holy Spirit about the language of angels. He reminded me that when angels were seen in scripture speaking to others they were most always speaking the words of God. Angels are defined as messengers sent from God. Now we know that when God sends someone they are generally sent to speak the words that He sent them to say. Well if this be true, and I believe it is, then Paul was saying though you are speaking God’s word, right out of the bible but don’t possess God's love you become just an echo or empty, vain sound. Words that are not born out of love just sound like meaningless noise coming out of your mouth because they have no place in your heart. Without love these words have no root and nothing to make them fruitful or life producing.
Have you ever sat down to eat a meal and the table was set very pretty and everything looked just right and the food presentation was wonderful and very appealing to the sight but when you put it in your mouth the taste was very disappointing. By all appearance it should have been very palatable but turned out to be very tasteless. The main ingredient was missing. Love is the main ingredient of any word sent forth from God. Someone who pick up a bible and start reading or quoting it, however that does not necessarily activate its power. The love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit is what activates the power of the Word, it’s a Divine Connection. That which is spiritual cannot be activated by that which is carnal, unbelieving or ungodly, there’s no connection. The words maybe the same but when they are spoken they sound like mere noise coming from the mouth of those who have become as sounding brass and tinkling symbols. They are instruments which lack substance. They are hollow and unpleasant to the hearing.
Now notice Paul said we become sounding brass, indicating there was a progression. Other words similar to become are: turn out to be, turn into, develop into, be converted into, grow to be, and happen to. Wow, that really helps us to see that it happened over time.
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold, Matthew 24:12. The word wax is translated grow in other bible translations.
Oh, my we must press in and pursue this love so that we will not be those who grow cold or become sounding brass.