1 Corinthians 12-14, Psalm 65


Spiritual gifts are not just strengths individuals use to bless one another (1 Corinthians 12:26), but are also given by God (1 Corinthians 12:4-6) with the specific purpose of the common good (1 Corinthians 12:7). We are to desire spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 14:1), while also pursuing something more essential (1 Corinthians 12:31). Of all the gifts from God, the greatest gift of all is love (1 Corinthians 13:13) This gift orders all of God's blessing. The absence of love causes disorder even where there are other powerful gifts from God (1 Corinthians 13:1, 1 Corinthians 14:9). Love's foundational nature is made apparent when Paul tells us it is possible to give oneself as a martyr and even have earth-shaking faith but still be displeasing to God for neglect of love (1 Corinthians 13:3-4). As a church named after the most commonly used word for love, 1 Corinthians 13 should always guide our paths. At our church, there are many with various gifts that demonstrate God's astounding handiwork. Though I often pray for more gifts to increase in church, like administration, leadership, and musical ability we need to pray that love would be our ever-present posture towards one another. For love is God's greatest gift and we cannot gift it to one another without our Lord. By the gift (grace) of God, we have received the best of love from the incarnate Christ. But that love was given that God might keep showering us with more love. May we then seek this gift together with every ounce of energy we possess.