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)
The term tinkling, that is used in the KJV, does not translate well today. The term clanging is more easily understood in our day and time, so I’ll be using that in its place.
The truth can be very annoying, how do you feel when someone points out that your wrong about something? Even if you know they are right it is annoying. When the Word of God is being taught people will become convicted as the Holy Spirit shows them areas where they are wrong. Just like a clanging symbol you can come across as very annoying if you are just trying to point your finger at people who you think are not as holy as you. That is why God’s word should always be shared in love.
You’re off Beat
When symbols are clanging wildly together they are not likely to be in rhythm with the rest of the band. If there is something unbiblical going on it should be addressed every time. However, love is not proud, and if there is a problem that needs to be addressed it should be handled in love, and in order. You may feel like you need to be the activist, meaning that you feel like can resolve a problem by causing a problem, and getting everyone all worked up. When you take this approach you are not only acting outside of love, but you have also likely started trusting in your own efforts over those of the Holy Spirit. Difficult situations must be handled with much love and patience.
Love always seeks restoration. The person clanging a symbol is not looking out for the good of the band, and no matter how hard the other instrumentalist try their efforts are going to be destroyed by the clanging symbol. Love is not out to be proven right. The end result of trying to fix things in your own power, instead of trusting God to work things out in His own time, will always be destruction. If your goal is to get rid of a person, or to force the Church body to see things your way then you are not acting out of love.
You’re Loved, You’re Loved, You’re Loved
Looking over the points for this devotion can be hard on the heart, especially if you feel like one are more of these represent your attitude in the Church. It is important to remember that all of the characteristics of love that are found in 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 apply to the love that God has shown towards you. Your mistakes are no worse than anyone else’s, the beautiful thing is if you recognize that you are struggling in this area God is ready to cast your sin as far as the east is from the west, and He is ready to restore relationships in your Church body that may have been harmed.