Speaking in Love
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbol.” 1 Cor. 13:1
In A Chance to Die, author Elisabeth Elliot speaks of an incident where the missionary Amy Carmichael had taken several of her orphanage children and co-workers through a certain village.
After Ms. Carmichael had spoken to some men who were gathered in front of a temple, one of the children requested permission to speak. She proclaimed boldly to the men “pelting them with facts as to their folly in worshipping somebody who did not love them and had not made them.” (Elliot 1987)
Such boldness from a little child could come only because of her own personal relationship with the Creator God who had shown His love to her.
Love compels us to speak in truth.
Love for these men’s souls compelled Ms. Carmichael and the orphan girl to speak of the one true God who was able to save them.
“Charity suffereth long, and is kind.” (1Cor. 13:4)
Love controls our responses.
Love continues to respond in love despite the circumstances. Love seeks truth and shares that truth with others.
Love does not compromise.
Love is compassionate, but it is not compromising when it comes to the truths of God’s Word. For it is the truth of God’s Word that sets men free from the bondage of sin.
Love is kind.
Love is also kind. It always speaks truthfully in a manner and tone that is friendly and amicable.
Words given kindly are more apt to be received than those that are perceived to be harshly given.
How do our words fall on the ears of those in our audience?
Are we speaking out of love for what is best for those listening?
How can we keep from sounding like brass instruments or cymbals which do not give a proper tone?
Copyright 2017 by Peggy Clark