1 Corinthians 14:1-4, 39-40
Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit. But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church… Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.

With our feet based on a foundation of love, Paul encourages us to eagerly desire spiritual gifts. He clearly explains that the gift of prophecy is of more value than the gift of tongues because of the basic fact that it edifies the church rather than self and our goal is to love others as God loves us. Rather than getting into which gifts, what they are and how to use them, God’s direction to me from today’s chapter was the whys of spiritual gifts. Why are we given spiritual gifts?

Our spiritual gifts are given to us to edify the church through the working of the Holy Spirit in us. We are reminded in 1 Peter 4:10 ‘Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.’ Again in 1 Cor. 12:7 we are reminded that these gifts are for the common good. We now know that God has given all believers spiritual gifts, that we should desire them and when they are given to us that we should use them to serve Him to the world. Paul also reminds us about using these gifts in an orderly and fitting way because they are from God and God is orderly, not chaotic.

In His Loving Service,

  1. blesseddad says:

    Well said Brother
    Gifts of the Spirit are something new and exciting to me. I do not seek them but believe if God wants me to have them, I will have them. The guidance I have received through the Holy Spirit is in itself a gift beyond measure, I pray that He will continue it, but it is up to Him. God Bless

    • ServantBoy says:

      Thank you for your response. I was uncomfortable writing about spiritual gifts considering the varied opinions people have on them and did not want to get into a battle of words about it. Like you, I am a newbie to this realm but I have been earnestly seeking and have been prayed over by dear friends in Christ who said that I had the gift of prophecy among other gifts. I still pray and ask God for clarity on that gifting knowing that the Lord will give us as per our need when we are ministering for Him. Also like you, I know that the Holy Spirit reveals God’s word to me each day and I draw on His wisdom to write. This is such a blessing and I pray God will use our ministries to gain all glory. Thank you for spurring in on my spiritual walk!

  2. Thank you Vineet, for letting Him lead you to talk about spiritual gifts. I was so blessed as I read this, having been asked by someone about speaking in tongues. They sounded skeptical. I didn’t want to turn them away. And He helped me to respond just as you did above, with the idea that it is to edify the church, not one’s self. What a blessing you are! deb

    • ServantBoy says:

      Thank you for taking time to read the blog and commenting. I’m glad you think of what is written here as a blessing and all glory for that is to God alone. I love the task of typing His interpretation and the Holy Spirit let’s the right hearts receive as they need. We are but rails in this amazing locomotive journey of faith and God uses us for His eternal glory.

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