Spiritual gifts in use: I Corinthians 12-14

The greatest gift is love. May we shine in love for the Lord and love one another.

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Today’s reading: I Corinthians 12-14.

In the book of Acts, Luke described how spiritual gifts came unexpectedly to new believers, giving evidence of their conversion. By the time of Paul’s writing believers practiced the gifts regularly in the church assemblies. Sometimes they misused the gifts, causing disorder in worship. Paul tried to put the gifts in proper perspective so that members would use them to build up the church rather than confuse it. As you read his words, think about how frequently they were used in the early church, and how they seem almost absent by comparison today.

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.

Purpose. Spiritual gifts are not given for our own individual benefit, but for the good of the assembled church. They aren’t for show but for strengthening the body and advancing the kingdom.

Now you are the body of Christ…

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