|Don't be a clanging symbol.|
The song centers around the perfect love of God and because of that love, we are to give it out to everyone we meet. But not only give love, but live love. God's love has to be center. It has to be our why. It must be our motivator to be the "why we do what we do" and our compelling reason for reaching out to everyone. Christ's love is all and if you doubt that, read Colossians. Paul has set that truth straight. Because Christ's love is all, then we as followers of Christ, must and are called to, speak love. If we don't share with the love of Christ, then we are just clanging symbols...making unnecessary noise. Make your noise in name of Love.
If I speak with a silver tongue
Convince a crowd but don't have love
I leave a bitter taste
With every word I say
If I give to a needy soul
But don't have love then who is poor
It seems all the poverty
Is found in me
If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don't love, I'm nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God's Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, "Jump," and it jumps, but I don't love, I'm nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don't love, I've gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I'm bankrupt without love. (1 Corinthians 13:1-7, The Message)
Dear God, may the words of my mouth be always filled with your Love.