If I speak in the tounges of men and of angels But have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophesy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge and if I have a faith that can move mountains but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I posess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Huey Lewis and The News had a song called The Power of Love. In the song it tells us:
It don’t take money and it don’t take fame
Don’t need no credit card to ride this train
Tougher than diamonds and stronger than steel
You won’t feel nothin’ till you feel
You feel the power, just the power of love
That’s the power, that’s the power of love
The power of love says if we don’t posess love we are clanging cymbals, nothing. Thats powerful. That we gain nothing from our “doing” if we don’t do it in love. That should be something to make you go “Hmmmm.”
In many ways this tells us that our “doing” lovely things doesn’t matter if our “being” is not centered in love. So what do we do? Do we stop doing? Doesn’t our doing do good even if our being is not good? OK, now my brain hurts! I would contend that our doing out of wrong motives can still do good but I have to wonder how much more good could be done if our motives were centered in love. I don’t know about you but I ahve heard way too many gongs and cymbals. I have seen too many people left empty from doing out of self vs love. They gained nothing and felt nothing after the initial “fuzzies” wore off.
Love….it’s powerful. It;s tougher than diamonds and stronger than steel.
Personal Application: Are you so busy “doing” that you have forgotten how to just “be?” It is in our “being” that we learn how to “do.” How are you practicing being with God to learn how to truly love?
Home Application: Take time with your family to slow down and be with God. Help your children slow down from so many activities and look at how Jesus did things in love and the impact that it had.
Based on the concept of being vs doing, what changes do you need to make? What has been motivating you in your “doing?”
Devotional written by Chris King