Thursday, April 5th, 2018
Love... Is Not Big Talk
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn't love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
1 Corinthians 13:1 (NLT)
By smooth talk and glowing words, they deceive innocent people.
Romans 16:18 (NLT)
If a spider could speak, he would be a con artist: a spinner of glowing words into glistening lines. Unsuspecting listeners, enchanted by his beautiful speech, get stuck... to their ultimate harm.
Therein, this spider is a cunning predator and his hearers are gullible prey.
The world of men is not so different. Big speakers wield big power. By the artful presentation of their visions, people are compelled to their purpose: for better or for worse.
Jesus, a.k.a. The Word, is the Grand Champion Orator. During His time on earth, lofty men challenged Him with their own bright lines. Of course, they lost.
Other famous men were amazing speakers, too: like Abraham Lincoln or Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspired by God, their words led listeners in the right direction.
On the other side was Adolph Hitler. This incredibly persuasive fuehrer released the fury of hell by his lips.
Take home lessons?
1. If you're an actor, pastor or influencer with the gift of speech, guard yourself against the easy temptations of personal profit from a talent whose Owner is God.
2. If you're a listener to great talkers, make sure they're great walkers: humble leaders whose largest asset is the size of their heart (and not their mouth).
Therefore, we love.
## Love Series: Love Is Not Big Talk (Part 6)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Love series.