If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. —1 Corinthians 13:1 NIV
God is love. Things done in His love remain. The recognition of a man that demands attention—the honor given to one who speaks with the tongues of men and angels—do not remain. They perish. They only make a lot of noise and no difference. If something given in His name lacks God’s love, it is worthless. Now consider how a simple word of love or a loving gesture can inspire, while words spoken without thought or regard can damage a heart.
What about work that is done in His name? Is it inspired by His love? Anything we attribute to Him is vain and useless if His love is not the reason for it. If we could only see how wasted much of what we do for Him is—how it is not even recognized by Him! If we rid ourselves of our selfish need for recognition, and rid our hearts of all that is not born of His love, then who we are and what we do in His name will be lasting. It will remain. Faith, hope and love will remain, but the greatest one of these will always be love.
Is what I say or do inspired by love or by a selfish need?
© 2017 Lynn Lacher