“Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I have become a sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.” 1 Corinthians 13:1
This chapter in the Bible is known as the love chapter. Alan Redpath said, “One could get a spiritual suntan from this chapter.” The Greek culture was enamored by the spiritual gifts they had, particularly the gift of tongues. We are reminded here that all gifts, even the gift of tongues, is meaningless without love. The Greek word translation for tongues means “languages” (Acts 2:11). Some thought the gift of tongues was to have the ability to communicate the gospel in other languages. But, the way we see it here refers to a supernatural language that the believer communicates to God. Paul’s point seems to have been that, even if one could speak in this exalted language, but the person did not have love (behave lovingly), his or her speech would be hollow and empty. Agape, sacrificial love, would consist of seeking the benefit of someone else.
“Gongs & cymbals” were common in some of the popular pagan cults of Paul’s day, they made a lot of noise but possessed no rhythm or musical benefit. Some that spoke in tongues, both then and today, claim that it is the language of angels, but provide no interpretation to the hearers. The Bible says, “Let all things be done decently and in order” and that “God is not the author of confusion.” Therefore, “If anyone speaks in a tongue let one interpret.” 1 Cor 14:27 Love is spoken in many languages and it's author and origin is God Himself. Love is the greatest gift!
Pastor Jack Jimenez
Discerning Wisdom “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking (selfish-ambition) in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking (selfish-ambition) exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” James 3:13-17
James speaks of two types of wisdom that exist. Let’s take a look at them. The first is “worldly wisdom,” the wisdom that is concerned in and only of self-success, self-promotion, self-indulgence, selfish gain. A drive to advance one’s personal agenda. This wisdom works in this world because it is from the natural man, not spiritual. It is reinforced by the prince of the power of the air (Satan), it is earthly, sensual, and demonic and it is the “dog eat dog concept.” This wisdom will cause you to crush others for personal advancement, BUT in the end you will have no clarity of thought, no satisfaction in life, no peace in your mind or heart and you will be alone and empty. Though you have gained everything you will have lost the eternal perspective. The second is “Biblical wisdom,” this wisdom is imparted to man from God. It is spiritual, eternal and proceeds out of the very Mind of God. (1 Corinthians 2:6-16)
This wisdom is concerned with the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of others. It is pure (not self-indulgent), peaceable, gentle (humble), willing to yield (submissive), full of mercy and good fruits (graceful) and without partiality or hypocrisy. This wisdom always has eternity in mind and causes mere men to be sacrificial in their service for others. When one walks in this wisdom they receive incredible discernment, great contentment and not only a full life, but a wholesome life. Biblical wisdom touches and changes the very heart and mind of man so he may be able to let go of this world, only to gain the next. In so doing, he not only saves himself but others!
Pastor Isaac Moscoso