Happy Friday! We made it. Thank you, Lord. Sometimes in life we are tasked to write goals for our job, for the new year or for mental clarity. For the past few months I’ve been working on a series of goals, sometimes I hit the mark each time, while other times I fall short. However, I don’t plan on giving up. With only two months left, I’m excited to see which goals will be accomplished and which ones I will carry into the new year. Yet, while reading today’s verses I was reminded that no matter what I do my highest goal should be love. Join me as we begin reading 1 Corinthians chapter 14. Have a wonderful weekend.
“Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives—especially the ability to prophesy. 2 For if you have the ability to speak in tongues,[a] you will be talking only to God, since people won’t be able to understand you. You will be speaking by the power of the Spirit,[b] but it will all be mysterious. 3 But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them. 4 A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church.” – 1 Corinthians 14:1-4 NLT
As we read 1 Corinthians chapter 13 we learned that love is greater than any spiritual gift. In reading these verses we learned that love should be our highest goal. Yet, we should also pray and ask God to bless us with special spiritual gift abilities. Paul addressed two spiritual gifts, but one was creating conflict in the church – speaking in tongues. Many members of church were speaking in tongues and nearly no one in the church could interpret what was being said. Paul certainly had his preference, but it was beneficial because the lack of interpretation left many out of the loop and had created a disconnect between what was truly important.
Sisters and brothers, we are all given spiritual gifts and we are all called to love. Let us use our gifts with love that overflows. Let us encourage, strengthen and comfort our sisters and brothers in the faith and nonbelievers.
What are your top three goals today or this weekend? Let me help you with number one:
Father God, we thank you for your faithfulness. Thank you for your love and forgiveness. Lord, continue to lead us and transform us to be more like you. Lord, may we use the gifts that you give to bring glory to your name. Lord, help us to discern when, where and how you desire for us to use those gifts. Lord, take the lead in our homes, jobs, churches, schools and our nation. Lord, continue to work in us. Lord, continue to work in our hearts and help us to love as you love. In Jesus name, amen.
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