The story of gongs and cymbals (I Corinthians 13)

 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal, I Corinthians 13:1

In recent days we find ourselves in shock once again in the tragedy in Charlottesville. I am always amazed how different groups seize the opportunity to forward their agenda in times of tragedy.  People are crying out, “racial prejudice.”  The truth is, this was an act of domestic terrorism plain and simple. This terrible deed was fueled by hatred.  But the response by the media and by most Americans covers the truth.

If the Apostle Paul were accessing the tragedy he would write of America’s response: “This is a story of gongs and cymbals.”

In I Corinthians 13 we have the teaching of Paul concerning the right kind of heart toward the use of spiritual gifts.  Paul makes it clear that our spiritual gifts have no value apart from true love.  Paul lists 16 things that love either does or does not do.

Imagine what would happen if every American applied these truths to their lives.  If we did there would be less violence, peace in the nation, and love for our fellow-man.

I certainly know that many are saying, “this is impossible.  Men cannot do this because it is not within them.”  Such a response is correct when a man or woman does not know Jesus as Lord and Savior.  But when a person surrenders their lives to Jesus, he or she has the ability within them to love as Paul directed in I Corinthians.

So the real answer to America’s hate is Jesus.  Feast on how John writes about this truth in I John 4:7-12

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

Father, lead the church to fill this nation with Your love!!!


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