"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal." 1 Corinthians 13:1 NIV
Noise! Our world is full of bangs, thumps, hums, and roars. But that is just the background noise. Add to it the constant yammering coming from our TVs, radios, and personal devices, and we are inundated with a continuous barrage of noise.
I am not sure what the ambient noise level was in Paul's time, but we know there were resounding gongs and clanging symbols. To paraphrase Paul, unless we speak in love, we are only creating more noise pollution. We can speak in known and unknown tongues, but without love, it serves no purpose.
God, thank you for the love you show us. Please help us to show that same love to our neighbors in everything we say and do. Forgive us those times when we have been resounding gongs and clanging cymbals. We ask this is Jesus' name. Amen.