Faith without love is just noise

I loved these guys at the Oscars the other night. I love how Angelina is smiling her big, beautiful smile, and I love that you can almost see Brad’s hair being blown back by the wind they created. I love it when Hollywood gives me a blog idea served up on a silver platter… or in this case, on a gold cymbal.

1 Corinthians 13:1 says, Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis banged their cymbals together and they demonstrated noise. Just noise. Loud noise.

Faith without love is just noise. You see, faith works by love. (Galatians 5:6) Unforgiveness, anger, bitterness, resentment, all of these can only operate in an environment devoid of love. And on the flip side, if there is love, those things cannot flourish.

If God is love, then that’s what I want to be.

The Bible tells me to abide in faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love.

The Bible tells me to love the Lord my God with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength and love my neighbor as myself.

The Bible tells me to forgive others so that I may be forgiven.

I sure don’t want to be on the wrong end of that promise.

I want my prayers to be a pleasing sound in God’s ears, not a crashing cymbal. I want to bombard Heaven with true prayer that changes things, not just a lot of noise. That seems to be a much better use of my time.