Sunday, 27 January 2013

1 Corinthians 13 V1+2 Live Life~Love Life WK4

1 Corinthians: 13 V1+2 WK 4
V.1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or clanging cymbal.
V.2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move all mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

These are two highly preached verses however I haven’t considered them for a very long time and am finding them curious and quite challenging! Initially when reading this I could not understand why somebody who lacked love would be able to speak with angel tongues. I have discovered that Biblically there were 70 languages spoken by 70 nations, and the Jews believed that the angels had given the nations their languages in the presence of God who was seated on his throne. This puts a slightly different slant on it and leaves me wondering whether there is a separate angel language.

A very valid point is that there are so many empty words spoken in this world, promises made and promises broken. In verse 1, we are led to believe that love itself is the key which denotes the importance of our words. Verse 1 also implies, by the choice of noisy instruments, that there is no true melody in our words leaving us to assume that love provides the melody for life.

A huge question following verse 2 is: why would someone who does not have love be given the gift of prophesy or knowledge? Maybe it’s just an example otherwise why would God fail to be discerning when distributing His precious gifts? I would imagine that if you have the gift of knowledge then you understand the strength and necessity for love and would strive to develop the characteristics of love within your nature.

What these verses are really here to show us is the importance of love and that ideally love underpins everything we do. In fact, love should run through everything we do, be evident in the way we treat people and affect the decisions we make; especially where others are concerned. Let's place our focus on love. Many songs have been written about genuine love so we'll finish with the line, ’make love your goal.’

Jaz McKenzie

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