Words from the Heart for Saturday February 13th, 2021
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
1 Corinthians 13:1 (NIV)
Usually, when we think of gongs, we think of an Asian musical instrument. You likely didn’t imagine that some of the best gongs in the world are manufactured right here in Canada, in the small New Brunswick town of Meductic. Sabian Cymbals began manufacturing in 1981 and is considered one of the big four of global manufacturers of cymbals. The name Sabian comes from the first two letters of founder Robert Zildjian’s three children – Sally, Billy and Andy. Andy has been President since 1996.
A gong is so loud and noisy that it has come to represent a disaster of an event. It isn’t a good thing when something is called a gong show. When we think of something being a gong show, we think of total disaster, of everything going wrong and falling apart. It’s interesting that the apostle Paul uses a gong as a descriptive of life without the love of Jesus. The love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13:1, begins this way: “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” In the previous chapter, Paul has been writing about the manifestation gifts and how they operate within the Body of Christ. As important as the spiritual gifts are to the functioning of the local church, what is far more important is that God’s people love like Jesus loves. It is that love that drew us to Christ, and it is that same love — His love — that holds us until He comes again. We would have nothing without the love of Jesus, and without His love functioning in me and through me, I am just making noise.
These have been words from the heart.