“I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” 1 Corinthians 13:1.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Job 39-40, and 1 Corinthians 13-14.
You read through 1 Corinthians 13 and think about the various gifts.
I, however, chose to attach myself to the very beginning of the chapter because the rest of the chapter falls flat without starting with love.
It is real clear: I must love as God loved me. There is no substitute for it.
I can impress one and all with my assorted gifts, but they are worthless. “I did this, Lord.” “I never knew you!”
The heathens worshiped with gongs and cymbals but all they were doing was making noise. If I am not loving as God defines love, my “noise” goes worthless.
I cannot be comfortable with God unless I am loving others. Because I have His Spirit, I am very much tuned into my sinful behavior. When my attachment to Him is loose, I have trouble confronting unloving behavior at once. It drags along, and I find myself gaining more and more separation from Him. Finally, I reach a point where the dam breaks and I admit my sinfulness to God and to others. Restoration to Him follows and love for Him and others returns.
“Lord, thank You for pricking my conscience today. I thank You for Your forgiveness. I love You, Father. Saturate me with Your Love so that there is a Godly overflow. Give me those divine appointments today. I love You, Father.”
I was real “noisy” recently. God opened my heart to His displeasure with it.