There have been times that people have approached Nate and I to strongly tell us their convictions about a matter. Such as, stewardship of money, time management, sin and hell, fears regarding the wrath of God and shame.
While these topics are very important, I had wondered why these subjects didn’t fill me, instead they left me feeling despair and empty.
Fear and despair are not of God. This type of conversation when done out of a spirit of fear is then obviously not spoken of in love and so is just empty noise, making our faith seem cold and empty.
1 Corinthians 13 talk about this: “What if I speak in the most elegant languages of people or in the exotic languages of the heavenly messengers, but I live without love? Well then, anything I say is like the clanging of brass or a crashing cymbal.”
But deeper still is when the scripture goes on to tell us what Love does and what is doesn’t do.
Notice that it says in the NKJV that Love “thinks no evil”. Then it goes on to say, “Love bears, believes, hopes and endures ALL things”.
ALL things! What are all things?
All things are all things, right?
When people are out of order around us, if we are walking in Love, what should be our appropriate response to the chaos, then??
Well, Love is patient, Love is Kind, love does not envy, love does not parade itself or boasts, love is not rude, or arrogant, it doesn’t seek it’s own, nor is it provoked, and (wow) thinks no evil.
Love never fails.
Key words in this scripture are “ALL” and “NEVER”
You see, when someone else’s life seems out of order to me and I want to help, my response should be in genuine love. It may not be love if I just want to get my point across because, “I know so much”. If that's the case then maybe I need to keep my mouth shut because the words will be empty and cold, making my faith sound meaningless, fear-driven, guilt-provoking, arrogant, rude, and unkind. Like a clanging cymbal, Empty.
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