If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.1Cor13:1
Last night I met a noisy gong, clanging cymbal, and screechy chalkboard wrapped in one man on Twitter.
We were doing our monthly prayer hour for depressed and potentially suicidal folks to lift their spirits and love them into the Lords loving presence. A man came into the chat who was a very learned and accomplished Christian. He knew scripture very well. How does that happen and leave a person still at zero for Emotional IQ? Im going to ask the Lord about this someday!
The man warned me not to flatter people too much and proceeded to tell a depressed woman to read his blog, because she needed to learn to be more disciplined and self- judgmental. Are you kidding me???
The one thing depressed people do not need is to be more self-judgemental. That’s what depresses most! …Too much self-criticism! They need to learn that God Loves them just as they are and still has a great vision and plan for their lives.
They need to learn that the is not a problem they have to solve on their own by toughing it out. If that were true, we would not have needed Jesus to redeem us on the cross. We could have just made ourselves better…Ya good luck with that!
The legalistic among us want to tell everyone what to do. They need to become just a little self critical and sink into the Holy Spirit for a while, until His amazing love overcomes and becomes them. Because as 1Cor 13 continues, it doesn’t matter how much you know on any topic. It is NOTHING without LOVE.
Our world is not suffering from a lack of information. You can have the answer to any question you can imagine in 30 seconds flat online. What the world needs is to feel the transforming love of the Holy Spirit, which is given to all who ask, not for ourselves alone, but to share with the love hungry among us.
1Cor13 – The Love Chapter
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[b] 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.