Religious Noise - Monday, January 14th 2013

1 Corinthians 12:12

"For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ."
NKJV

Can you imagine the chaos that would occur if your body decided to attack itself? What if your arm was mad at your foot for not saying "hi" in the hallway, or your liver decided to quit simply because it was jealous of the mouth? While it may seem ridiculous to imagine, this sad scenario occurs every week in churches all over the world. The body of Christ, formed to demonstrate the love and forgiveness of Jesus, turns on itself out of selfishness and pride. Friend, it doesn't need to be this way, and it shouldn't be this way. Paul writes...

1 Corinthians 13 "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal." NKJV

This chapter is dedicated to promoting love as the ultimate spiritual fruit. Do you prophesy and understand great mysteries? Great, but do you love? Are you able to speak with tongues of angels? Awesome, but do you love? You see, no matter what gift we are given, if we are not acting in love towards one another, we are nothing more than religious noise. Instead of useless noise, let's sing out a sweet song of forgiveness and love. That is a tune sure to impact the world for Christ.

Life Lesson: No matter how gifted we are or what our giftings are, if we don't have love, we are just religious noise.

Dear God,
Thank You for the spiritual gifts You have given me and those around me. Father, help us to use those gifts for Your glory and not our own selfish gain. Teach us to love like You love. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit so that our love for one another will cause the world to take notice and turn to You. In Jesus name, Amen.

Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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