1 Corinthians 13:1, Colossians 3:14 NIV 2011
If I speak with the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Paul knew he needed to speak the truth in love. If he didn’t, the people would only hear noise. Paul’s letter reminded the Corinthians to speak with love. Agape love is selfless concern for the wellbeing of others, which never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:8a, “Love never fails.” To the church at Colossae he reiterated what he’d written to the Corinthians. 1 Corinthians 13:13b, “But the greatest of these is love.” They were bound together through Christ’s love. Romans 15:5, “May God…give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had.” By loving others believers speak God’s love.
All the kind words I could say to someone are merely just noise without love behind them. When fellow believers surround me my words are filled with our shared love for Christ, which brings unity. My love for those in my family can be that selfless concern for their wellbeing that never fails. I desire to have that love for others that may not be where I am in their walk with the Lord by meeting them where they are. I’m called to love others daily by speaking God’s love.
How will you share God’s words of love?