Five Minute Friday: Speak

The word for this week’s Five Minute Friday free-write is “speak.”  (Click on the image above to find some other great posts in the linkup too.) Here goes:

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. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (NIV)

This is the passage that came to mind when I saw the prompt for this week.  I decided to look it up in some other translations too:

“If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love [for others growing out of God’s love for me], then I have become only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal [just an annoying distraction]. 2 And if I have the gift of prophecy [and speak a new message from God to the people], and understand all mysteries, and [possess] all knowledge; and if I have all [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love [reaching out to others], I am nothing. 3 If I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it does me no good at all.” 1 Cor 3:1-3 (AMP)

 

“If I had the gift of being able to speak in other languages without learning them and could speak in every language there is in all of heaven and earth, but didn’t love others, I would only be making noise. If I had the gift of prophecy and knew all about what is going to happen in the future, knew everything about everything, but didn’t love others, what good would it do? Even if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, I would still be worth nothing at all without love. If I gave everything I have to poor people, and if I were burned alive for preaching the Gospel but didn’t love others, it would be of no value whatever.” 1 Cor 3:1-3 (TLB)

Wow.  How convicting is it to read these words over and over in slightly different versions. It makes me wonder, is my speech peppered with love these days or with something else?  (To my family, to my friends, to my nanny kiddos, etc.)

And may I ask you, how’s your speech doing as well?  Something for us to think about for sure!

 

Five Minute Friday: Place

The word for this week’s Five Minute Friday free-write is “place.”  (Click on the image above to find some other great posts in the linkup too.) Here goes:

I first thought of the Bible verse where Jesus talks about “preparing a place” for His disciples. I found it in John 14:1-3:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

And I have a little trouble with these verses because I think they are sometimes taught within the church in the context that all we have to look forward to as Christians is our “ticket to heaven.”  This couldn’t be farther from the truth in my opinion!  

It was in Bible School at Capernwray Harbour, that I first feel like I really grasped the whole idea of having abundant life as a Christian here on earth as well as in heaven someday.  One of the required reading books was The Saving Life of Christ by Major Ian Thomas and this really helped drive the point home for me.

You see, one of my favorite verses now is John 10:10: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  To me, this refutes the whole idea that God’s kingdom is simply the “heaven” where believers go when they die.

Abundant Life. Life to the Full.  This is the place where I want to be in the here and now!