As a wife I have a lot of responsibilities. As a mom I have a lot or responsibilities. As a youth leader, an employee, a church member, a Christian, a daughter, a friend… I have a lot of responsibilities. I’m sure many of you, although you might change your titles, would agree to this. No matter how much we have to do it all must be done in love (1 Corinthians 16:14).
1 Corinthians 13 has A LOT to say about love. The first three verses, in my own paraphrase, says I can do just about anything, but if I don’t have love, it’s pointless and I am nothing. The first verse says, “If I speak human or angelic languages but do not have love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” There is no better way to describe a gong or clanging cymbal but as LOUD and OBNOXIOUS. In all that I do, in my schedule that I try to keep and the items I try to cross of my list, I pray that I do not become a loud and obnoxious gong or cymbal to those around me.
Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and evaluate yourself and your motives. Are you accomplishing all that you do because of love for God and for others? Or, is it for acclamation, a pat on the back, acceptance, financial gain, someone’s approval… Many of us will not like what we find. So, our prayer needs to be, “God, what can I do to change this?”
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