Charity, Pt. 2

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.  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 

I Corinthians 13:1-3

In this passage on charity, the first thing that is mentioned is this: “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.”  The first thing mentioned about charity is connected with our speech.

Some people have been given the gift of speech.  Some people can truly “speak with the tongues of men and of angels.”  These people are great orators.  They can speak and men will listen.  Some of them become politicians.  Some are simply motivational speakers.  But, whatever and wherever they are, people listen to them.  People are willing to follow them because of the words they use and the way they use them.

But all of that is pointless without charity.  All of that pointless if they do not have a Christ-like love for others.  Without charity, they are like a “sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.”  They do nothing important – they just make pretty noises.

Some men throughout history have had the gift of speech and have used it for evil.  One of the greatest orators in history was Adolph Hitler.  Obviously he used his gift of speech to bring an indescribable evil on the world.

No matter what our gift, we need charity.  No matter what skill we have been given, we need to have our hearts right.  How are we doing?

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