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1 Corinthians 13:1

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

 

Charity is the English word used to express the Greek Word agapē which means affection, good will, love, benevolence. Agapē is a word that was also used to express love feasts. The Love Feast or Agape meal was the early church’s attempt to obey the Lord’s command to love one another. So agapē love is not just words said to someone but true love is accompanied by action. 1 John 3:18 says, “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” There are active acts of love such as feeding the poor and there are passive acts of love such as not doing something that would be harmful to those who love you, while you are away from them.

 

The Apostle Paul is telling the church at Corinth that it doesn’t matter how many words you say nor how many languages you speak and it doesn’t even matter if you have the Holy Ghost experience written of in the second chapter of Acts, if you have not love all those words are nothing but sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal.

 

Sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal may produce a lot of banging and crashing sound and even can produce sound that is in rhythm and sounds pleasantly musical, yet that is all that it is, sound. Once the sound is over there is nothing visible remaining. The words I love you mean nothing when the heart is filled with contempt and disdain for the person you are saying it to.

 

In James 2:8 the Bible says, “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” Yes, of course we should often tell those that we care about, I love you. However, way beyond that, we need to show those around us that we love them with deeds of love, both small deeds and large deeds, as often as we can. Additionally, instead of only telling people that Jesus loves them we need to show others that Jesus loves them with deeds of love.

 

God didn’t just tell us that He loved us. He put His love into action. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” God loved us so He gave to us.

 

Pray today and ask the Lord to send you an opportunity so that you may share a deed of His love, that He has placed in your heart, with someone else.

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