“Though we speak with the tongues of men or angels, and do not have love in our hearts, all we’re doing is making noise” (I Corinthians 13:1 paraphrased)
Wow! Paul reminds us in this passage of scripture that we may operate with the gifts of the Holy Spirit discussed in 1 Corinthians 12, but without love–we have nothing. Even if we function in all nine gifts (and most don’t), if we do not have love–unconditional love–to show towards one another, we are just making a lot of noise that makes no sense.
So, if we speak with knowledge or with charisma, we may be wise and know how to charm others with a glib tongue, but the true test of being one of God’s own is the demonstration of love we have in our hearts. How is our love demonstrated outwardly? We show compassion for others, we are ready to help those in need, we encourage one another (not condemn), we lift others up in prayer–asking God not only to help us get through a struggle but to help others in their struggles in life. In other words, we are not selfish Christians, we are selfless Christians and we have no problem doing what must be done, loving one another.
Help us O God to see beyond our own needs and to help one another. Help us to see the need for prayer and then pray, immediately. Help us to see the need for appropriate direction for those in need of resources, we may not have. Help us to encourage those who are sinking under the stress of every day living by reminding them–they can do all things through Christ Jesus. Remind us O God, on a continual basis, that without love, we are nothing but noise-makers! In Jesus’ name we pray and thank You, Amen!