chasing love while giving gifts

May 2016 (14)

1 Corinthians 14:1-3

1Co 14:1 You should chase love relentlessly, while still seeking to offer the gifts, especially so that you can prophesy.
1Co 14:2 Because the one speaking in a different language cannot communicate with his colleague, but to God, because no one of his colleagues understands him, but he speaks mysteries by the Spirit.
1Co 14:3 But the person prophesying speaks to his colleagues for their edification and encouragement and consolation.

chasing love while giving gifts

The Corinthian fellowships had a number of linguists who could speak a variety of languages. They prided themselves on that fact. But the church members who were not so gifted did not really benefit from those special skills. When a linguist used his skill to reach an unbeliever who spoke one of the unfamiliar languages, he was giving that gift back to God as an offering. But to the other believers, his words were mysteries spoken by the Holy Spirit. But when a prophet spoke to the assembly, his words were understood, so they could edify, encourage and console the believers. Chasing love relentlessly while still seeking to offer the gifts meant using the right gift in the right context. It meant using the gifts to further the gospel, not to gain bragging rights.

LORD, show us how to give you our gifts, while not offending each other.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary and a candidate for pastoral ministry. You can contact him at -- !
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