1 Corinthians 13
“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.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13:1
“Speaking with tongues of men” could mean speaking with eloquence and making your words smooth and convincing. You could also know many different languages.
The language of angels, according to the Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown commentary, is a higher, more exalted speech.
Even if you are so learned and smart in all these things, and you don’t have the love of God inside you, you are as “a sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal”. There is no purpose to your “vain babblings.”
Sounding means “having an imposing sound, but little substance.” Also, “giving forth sound, especially loud and resonant”.
Now, I like to know the meanings of words, so here are a few more definitions for you.
Imposing: to set as something to be endured or obeyed.
Resonant: continuing to sound, echoing.
So I don’t point the perverbial finger at anyone, I shall include myself in this quick summary by saying that, if we are so smart in all these things, good speakers and so forth, but don’t have charity, we are like a commanding, perpetually noisy cymbal. That would be really annoying, wouldn’t it?
Think about it this way: imagine yourself in need of encouragement, and someone comes your way and says, “Here, I’ll help you!” and starts banging away on some cymbal and will not stop until you are going absolutely crazy!
What you really need is a quiet hug and someone to have sympathy and compassion on you. Someone to pray with you, and remind you of God’s promises in His Word. A person that will stick with you no matter what, and will listen to what you have to say, and lend you their shoulder to cry on. That’s real sweet music to your soul.
Which scenario would you prefer? Do I really need to ask? You can really tell the difference between someone who is just empty-talking, and a person who is genuinely concerned. Real love has feeling to it. It’s alive, not dead!
There is so much that you can dissect from one verse of Scripture, that the angles never end! You might see something differently than I did, or maybe there is more you could add.
Yesterday’s church service was about how the elect of God live below their privileges.
Our pastor shared a true story from back in the slave times. It begins with a plantation owner coming to look over another man’s slaves. As he watches the people work in the fields, he notices one man who stood out from the rest. This slave was doing his job with vigor, and encouraging his fellow laborers to keep going, even though it was backbreaking work, and they were in the intense Southern heat.
“That’s the one I want, Sir,” the plantation man told the slave owner.
“Sorry, he’s not for sale.”
“Well, then, what makes him so different? I know, he’s got a higher position than the rest.”
“Not so. He’s got no position at all.”
“You must feed him better food.”
“He eats the same portions of food the others eat.”
“Well, now, what makes him conduct himself so differently?”
“Ya know, I used to wonder the same thing. Then I found that where he comes from, his father is the king. Although he is separated from his home, he knows who he is, and he lives up to that position, even though he can’t see his father. He lives in such a way, that he would be worthy of kingship if he returns home.”
That’s l what it’s like for believers- we know we are a child of The King, so we should conduct ourselves as He wants us to, even though we don’t see Him. We are not of this world, but of Heaven! We are pilgrims and strangers just traveling in this world of sin.
Well, wha’d’y’all think? Should I keep going with the Love Series? I’m absolutely, definitely not a Bible scholar, I am just sharing what I see in the Scriptures. Please correct me if I didn’t get everything right. I don’t want to lead anyone in the wrong direction.