If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Dear God, let me be a listener today. Help me to hear more than words. Help me to love through listening. Be glorified through me.
I look at this list, and I guess what Paul is saying here is that it’s okay to have these gifts and to use these gifts, but if I lead with them instead of leading with love then I am annoying. Today of all days, when I am going to be spending time with someone who is precious to me, I want to lead with love. It’s not about me. It’s not about feeding any insecure corners of my heart with neediness. It’s about loving that person and giving them what you need them to have through me.
Father, help me to be a true reflection of you today. And I would be remiss if I didn’t thank you for the great conversation with good friends and great people last night. Thank you for loving me through them.
In Jesus’ name I pray,