Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity (love), I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1

This wonderful treatise on love that we find in this chapter is considered one of the most magnificent classics in all of world literature. Even ungodly men recognize in this chapter the splendour of expression and depth of meaning that have thrilled the hearts of believers for centuries. This opening verse of the chapter tells us what we are if we do not have love.

The love that is spoken of here is agape, the Greek word that expresses God’s great love to the world and the Christian’s love for the souls of men. Our verse tells us that without this love, we are nothing more than the boom from a gong or a jingle from a little bell. Nothing but a noise, empty and meaningless.

Speaking with the tongues of men and of angels sounds like quite an achievement. Such a person is able to converse ably with the wisest of earth in any place and situation. This is no mean feat. And as for the tongues of angels, this person has a grasp of heavenly truths, a knowledge of the Word of God, is able to express in preaching and praying the great knowledge of scripture. Such a person must be a wonderful help to people, a wonderful blessing to those around him. Not unless this person has a heart of love. Without love, such a person provides only for the eardrums.

What do you know about this love? What do you do about this love? Do I love as this verse commands? -Jim MacIntosh

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