Day 08 “Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that...
“If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love [for others growing out of God’s love for me], then I have become only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal [just an annoying distraction].”
– 1 Corinthians 13:1
The Bible tells us to go into the all the world and preach the gospel. As ambassadors of Christ, we need to spread the good news that Jesus died for the sins of man and that He is the only way to the Father. But knowing all the right things to say is not enough. How we speak the truth of the gospel is just as important. God is love, and if we leave out love then we are leaving out the most important part of the gospel. That tender love that we experienced when we first came to know Christ and accept His forgiveness for our sins is the same love that God wants us to emulate towards others. It is through Christ’s love that we are forgiven in the first place, and out of this same love that we are able to love others. This verse in 1 Corinthians says that if we are lacking this love then we become “an annoying distraction.” If our purpose as a believer is to bring others to Christ, then the last thing we should be is a distraction. The word distraction also means interference or hindrance. I don’t know about you, but I want to be used by God to further His kingdom, not to be a hindrance to His plan. So if you find that it is hard for you to love people in the world, take a moment to ask God to search your heart and reveal to you why. Ask God to remind you of His love for you so that out of that you can have compassion for others and show them that same love.
Confession for today: “Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me and revealing that love to me in a powerful way by sending your Son to die on the cross. Forgive me if I have lacked love and compassion for others and have become a hindrance in any way. Lord, give me a fresh realization of Your love for me so that I may pour it out onto the people around me. I desire to be used by You to further Your kingdom. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
Let your light shine,