Thursday, July 2, 2020

Walking in Love - Is Louder Better?

"Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal."
1 Corinthians 13:1 (NKJV) 

Have you ever been in a place where someone had the idea that louder is better?  It might be that someone thought that by talking louder the other person would hear them better.  Or it could be that someone thought that by turning up the volume of the music, that somehow this would make the music better.  The quality of speech, music, or anything else does not improve just because it gets louder, or even if there is more and more of it.  If something is good, it can be quiet and still be good, because the quality of the thing itself is what matters.

People call 1 Corinthians 13 the “love chapter” because love, the God kind of love, is described there.  Usually, people will focus on verses four through eight, but the entire chapter is talking about love.  The first verse of this chapter gives us a very important fact about love; if what we say is not said in love then we are just making a lot of noise and wasting our time.  Sometimes people think that if they just have more emotion or volume with what they say, or if they say something more and more, that somehow this makes what they say relevant, important, or valuable.

The words we use are important, but if we are saying something with the wrong motive, or just to prove we are right, then it does not matter how loud or lengthy it is, it is not worth listening to.  If we wrap our words in love, if we make it our aim to use our words to help and comfort others, we don’t have to be loud or even use a lot of words, the meaning will come through “loud” and clear.  Make sure that what you say is said with the right motivation and in love, and you will have a sweet sound to your words.

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