“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” 1 Corinthians 13:1 (NLT)
It’s been said that people won’t remember what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. That’s the power of love! God not only loves, but God is love! In Him, we have the capacity to love like He loves. It’s a language that requires no translation and communicates the message of the Gospel like no other!
In 1 Corinthians 13, the Apostle Paul shows the superiority of love over any other quality and offers us the characteristics of God’s love; it’s unlike any other form of love we’ve ever experienced! Before he defines love, he describes what our world would be like without it. He says:
Without love, words are meaningless.
Compliments are hollow and patronizing in the absence of love. If you want your words to have meaning, before you open your mouth to speak, open your heart to care. St. Francis of Assisi said, “Preach the gospel at all times and, when necessary, use words.” Lewis Cass added, “People may doubt what you say, but they will always believe what you do.”
In 1 John 3:18, the Bible tells us,
“You show love for others by truly helping them, and not merely by talking about it.”
This weekend in his new series, Stronger Salt, Brighter Light, our Teaching Pastor Lee Strobel said, “We often need to show God’s love before we share God’s love.” In other words, love is something you do! Simple acts of kindness demonstrate love.
Challenge yourself to take on a ministry project of helping someone in need. It could be mowing someone’s yard, picking up their groceries or even buying them. Be the message of encouragement and hope that someone needs this week. Begin with prayer and ask God to show you the one He has in mind and then act on what He shows you to do. It could be as simple as inviting them to church with you or taking them a meal. Share with us what God did as you stepped out of your comfort zone to demonstrate God’s love!