THURSDAY June 21, 2018
Desire Spiritual Gifts
Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially
that you may prophesy.
1 Corinthians 14:1
As we come to the end of the book of 1 Corinthians, Paul concluded the subject of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and left the Corinthians with principles of spiritual worship. The believers in Corinth were schemers and division makers. They had also become very egotistical. Paul helped them to understand that they had grieved the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit could not work among them, not until they had the right attitude.
The Corinthians needed to worship God and give Him all the glory. This was exactly what Paul had done in his life. He had written 14 Epistles, and within each one of them, he had given so much insight to believers in Christ. Paul wrote about: doctrine, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the grace of God, the peace of God, and the mercy of God. In every letter, the words grace and mercy are used––amazing!
Paul concluded 1 Corinthians 13, in 1 Corinthians 14:1, by telling believers in Christ to pursue God’s agape love––unconditional love––and furthermore, for them to desire spiritual gifts. He made a principal statement about desiring spiritual gifts; the emphasis was not to be the gift of tongues, but the gift of prophecy. Why? Prophecy edifies, it comforts, exhorts and builds up believers in Christ.
Spiritual gifts are important. If a believer fails to use any of their spiritual gifts, then not only will that person miss out, but also those in the Church. Remember, our desires for certain gifts must be aligned with God’s purposes. Understand, it is not what you want; God sees what you need in your life.
The best gifts are those which benefit the whole body.
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