I heard a wonderful piece of advice this morning as I was listening to some teaching from the healing school at Charis Bible College.
The presenter said, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”.
As a pastor and teacher this really touched my heart, but it is any important concept for all believers to consider.
Why should people be interested in what we know and say about Jesus and His Word if we do not show love, care or concern for them?
We can talk and teach all we like but if it is not delivered in love it will just sound ugly and it will be unwelcome.
This is what Paul is talking about in 1 Corinthians 13 v 1.
What is the point in talking, even in the language of angels, if it is not delivered out of love?
Without love it will sound awful, like the sound from a poor musical instrument.
I love music, but not if it is out of tune or if the instrument is of poor quality.
So why would people like listening to me talk about Jesus if I do it with a lack of respect or concern?
The message of grace that we have is important (it is life saving), however it will be lost if it is not delivered in love, that is clearly what Paul is saying here.
As I heard this morning, people will care about what we know if they know that we care.
Loving people is after all the new commandment given to us by Jesus (John 13 v 34).
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that we have a message of truth to tell people, help me Lord to deliver it with love”.
1 Corinthians 13 v 1….Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal