1 Corinthians 13:1
If I speak with the tongue of men and of angels…
You’re smart, intelligent and you know just the right thing to say to get your point across. So what? The bright banter and great debating skills mean nothing unless they are backed up with something positive and true. Even if you’re good at verbal skirmishes, if it’s all about the negative then you are just like so many others.
Look at the TV talk shows, listen to talk radio programs, it’s all a parade of useless verbiage that gets very little done except raising our blood pressure. Everything, everything you say and do should be backed up by your love. Your love for God and your love for God’s people. Read all of chapter 13. This is not just a nice reading for weddings. It is the way of life for all Christians.
We are all so good at verbal comebacks and put downs. We’ve been trained so well by family and friends to cut each other to pieces with our tongues. We need to stop, take a minute and filter our thoughts and words through the love that God has given us. A filter removes impurities. God’s love does the same? We can speak with the tongues of men and angels. But we can temper our words with love to mend fences, build bridges and bring about God’s will on earth.