1 Corinthians 13:1 "If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal."
Noise gets on my nerves.
The kids have toys that make noise and depending on my frame of mind I might be able to tolerant the noise for a little while but, usually, it is not long. Sometimes they barely begin to play and I tell them to take it somewhere else or put it away.
What noise do I make? I rise each morning and spend time with the Lord. I write my little devotion and send it out. Where do I go from there? When I am teaching with a voice of frustration, when I am nagging my kids to get their chores done, when I am lamenting to friends about some random bother, do I have a voice of love or am I am noisy clanging gong?
I need to take a breath or two. I need to allow the love of God to well up in me. Only then am I able to teach in love, discipline in love, and fellowship in love.
When I allow the love of God to fill me am I a vessel of his love and only then can I send sounds of love to the world around me.
Soften my heart to be more like you. I receive your love and I pray for many in love but when I get to the mundane things of everyday life, I become a noisy gong. Help me see and do with eyes and hands like yours. Keep love flowing in me like an ocean so that it never stops, ever. Amen.