1 Corinthians 12:31b; 13:1-3 NIV
And yet I will show you the most excellent way.
1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
There is a remake nowadays of the popular “The Gong Show” from the 70’s where contestants perform acts (stranger the better) and if the judges were not entertained they would hit this large gong to stop the act and send them away! We don’t know what exact type of “gong” Paul had in mind when equating that sound with the practice of gifts of the Spirit without love, but one thing for certain is the expectation that he would never hear such a noise! The goal of this illustration was for the practice of edifying one another in love to continue among the people of God and never to inhibit its use. The wonderful gift of prophecy, the faith that will bring healing, and all the gifts that God gave to the church are essential in this day and age to build up so that the church can become even more the display of God’s glory and witness in our generation.
Prayer: Let’s pray that each of us in the church would grow in His love as we minister to another with the gifts that the Spirit gives. Especially, let’s continue to pray for healing over one another so that we will be built up for His service, for His glory.
Song: Here is an older song by Delirious? “Shout to the north”, (click here) let’s sing together.