By Ann Bentley
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
Today, when we hear or read these verses, they are usually associated with the relationship between a husband and wife or maybe the relationship between a parent and child. We hear them at weddings or maybe at baby dedications. But shortly before these verses on love, Paul speaks to us about our spiritual gifts and how we all have a role to play in the church.
As I read these without the chapter and section headings, I realized that Paul was not speaking into our marriage or parental relationships but rather how we use the spiritual gifts that God gave us.
What is your spiritual gift? Can you teach? Are you an encourager? Do you know what your gift is? Do you struggle with wanting a different gift? God has designed each of us with a purpose and a role to fill in His church.
But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as He wanted them to be. 1 Corinthians 12:18
It doesn’t matter what gift you have as long as you are using it with LOVE. Be who and what you are called to be. Embrace your spiritual gift and use it for God’s glory, with love for God and for His people.
“If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:3
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