As we begin our study on 1 Corinthians 13 keep in mind that this chapter shows what real love looks like. This does not just refer to romantic love, but also love towards our fellow man. John 13:34 (NLT) says “so now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” Jesus even takes it one step further and said “But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” (Matt 5:44 NLT). Jesus commanded us to love.
John 13:35 (NLT) goes on to say “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” Showing love proves to the world that we are Christ’s disciples. What does real love look like? and What does the Word say about love?
That is what we are going to learn.
1 Corinthians 13:1 (NLT)
“If I could speak in any language in heaven or on earth but didn’t love others, I would only be making meaningless noise like a loud gong or a clanging cymbal.”
When cymbals and gongs are used in the right way they can produce beautiful music and be pleasant to listen to. It is the same way with our words.
You may be able to speak eloquently in front of people, but if there is no love in your heart or mouth people will see right through you. Instead of sounding like beautiful music to our ears it will sound more like meaningless noise. As if someone just started banging on a cymbal or gong with no rhyme or reason. In my mind I imagine a toddler banging on pots and pans. There is no point to it, no rhythm. Just a lot of meaningless noise.
Ephesians 4:29 (AMP) says “Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.”
In our culture we have a tendency to use words as weapons or ways to show our superiority. But God wants us to use our words for good. He wants us to fill our words with His love and use them to build others up.
Are your words making beautiful music? Or are they just making meaningless noise?
How can you show love to those around you this week using your words?
Find all the scriptures you can on mouth and speech and see what the Lord speaks to you through them.