Words from the Heart for Tuesday November 26th, 2019
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)
On August 5 just after 7:30 pm, Mike Estepa, a committed cyclist, suffered a massive heart attack while riding his bike. Larissa Arthur was driving back to Calgary from a hike in Field, BC when a flash of yellow caught her eye. She immediately pulled off the road. Estepa was covered in ants and exhibited no signs of life. Arthur, a registered nurse, started chest compressions. Two days later, when Estepa woke up in the hospital, he was stunned to learn he had gone into cardiac arrest. And quite pleased that Arthur had saved his life.
I know a lot of noisy people. Okay, to be perfectly frank, I’m one of them. I have a naturally loud voice, and I’m easily excitable, and when I do get excited about something, my volume rises frighteningly. I’m always glad when my wife is around to remind me to keep my voice at a normal level. The Bible speaks of those who are noisy gongs and clanging cymbals, but it doesn’t have anything to do with the volume of their voices. It has to do with their lack of love. Here is what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13:1: “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.” The Bible teaches us that God is love by nature. And it calls us to love as He is love. If we don’t, even though we might be the smartest person in the room, or the most gregarious, we are only making a noise, not accomplishing anything. God expects those who have experienced His love to then turn around and love others. Only then does our faith prove to be genuine and our words more than noise.
These have been words from the heart.