Gongs and clanging cymbals
Lies, negativity, false posts and reports make me angry and upset. I tell you there are days I want to say something. Grrrr, I really want to chastise people. Fortunately, the Holy Spirit reminds me if I don’t have love I’m just a noisy gong or clanging cymbal, and these days there are way too many gongs and cymbals.
No one needs to hear more negative news; they need the eternal positive Good News. So like David, “I said, I will guard my ways that I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle while the wicked are in my presence.”(Psalm 39:1) And I need to remember, “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” ~ Proverbs 15:1 (NLT)
If I want things to change I need to do things God’s way. Prayer is powerfully effective, and through prayers great things happen. Faith moves mountains, nothing is impossible for God, and love conquers all. God’s way is the only right and true way, and His way brings the world hope, grace, mercy, and eternal life.
Join me in prayer?
Heavenly Father, the world is evil, noisy, and very difficult. Please open the eyes of the blind, soften hard-hearts, expose the lies of the enemy, and bring the lost to You. I am so grateful You are always in control and nothing is impossible for You. Help me to act in faith and come to You in prayer before I say a word. Help me to gently speak and act in Your love. And, “let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” ~ Psalm 19:14 (NKJV)
“…When a believing person prays, great things happen. Elijah was a human being just like us. He prayed that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years!” ~ James 5:16-17 (NCV)
“Jesus answered, ‘Because your faith is too small. I tell you the truth, if your faith is as big as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. All things will be possible for you.’” ~ Matthew 17:20 (NCV)
“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)
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NLT)
“Love never gives up” I needed this encouragement for me to keep living for God. Many times I wanted to scream and thankful for the Holy Spirit to stop me every time! God’s power is bigger than Satan’s whisper. God wins everytime. Our messy world is full of noise already and I don’t need to add into it. Thank you friend for speaking the truth even though it might not be popular. Love you! ((hugs))
Oh I love what you wrote, Tess! “God’s power is bigger than Satan’s whisper.” Amen, sister! Our God’s power is stronger than anything! We’ll keep speaking the truth in love. Love you too, precious friend! XOXOXO (((((((hugs)))))))