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The Greatest Spiritual Gift of all Spiritual Gifts
The Bible says there are varieties of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit. It is spiritually healthy to take a stock-take of our spiritual gifts inventory regularly to ensure that we are actually serving these gifts in whatever we do in life, as God intended. God’s spiritual gifts are not a personal luxury but given so we can make a difference in this dark and dying world for Him. Let it shine!
But sometimes, we can lose spiritual gifts on the journey of life. We may get spiritually dry, wondering in the wilderness. Take heart! God says that His gifting and calling in our lives are irrevocable. That means He will never take back the spiritual gifts He gifted us with so long as we live. All we need to do is go back to the time and place where we lost them and get them back.
Of all the spiritual gifts, the Bible tells us to strive earnestly for the greatest spiritual gift. What is the greatest spiritual gift that we must earnestly desire and strive for?
List of Spiritual Gifts of 1 Corinthians 12
1 Corinthians 12 is a chapter in the Bible about spiritual gifts. This is the list of spiritual gifts from that chapter.
- Word of wisdom
- Word of knowledge
- Gifts of Healing (Miracles)
- Discernment of spirits
- Interpretation of tongues
The One and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. The Bible tells us to earnestly desire the higher or greatest spiritual gift. So what is this greatest spiritual gift?
Love is the Greatest Spiritual Gift - 1 Corinthians 13
From the list of spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12, Paul goes on and dedicates a whole chapter taking about the greatest spiritual gift that we must earnestly desire and strive for – love. Even if we have all the spiritual gifts listed above, but don’t have love in our hearts, all are in vain. If we don’t have love, we are nothing: a salt without taste, a useless cloud without rain, a lamp hidden in bushel and a fire that doesn’t produce heat.
Though we speak in tongues, have the gift of prophecy, understand all mysteries and all knowledge, have faith to move mountains but have no love, its all vanity. Though we give all we have to feed the poor, do good deeds and even give ourselves to die for God’s sake, but don’t have love, it profits us nothing. Don’t you think this is serious? Everything we do in our Christian lives is tested to see if there is love.
Let us look in the mirror of God’s Word today and take a stock-take of our spiritual gifts inventory. Are our hearths filled with God’s love up to the brim and overflowing to touch those around us?
The World's Concept of Love
The word “love” has been overused by humanity that it’s original intent and purpose meant by God has been tarnished and diminished. There may be different concepts of love that we all may have come across. Example: Parental love – love between parents and children; romantic love – love between lovers; love between friends, etc. In most instances, love has been depicted as romantic love and love that leads to sexual connotations. Man’s idea and interpretation of love has overshadowed God’s concept of “agape love”.
Many times we define love by situations and circumstances we go through. For example, a child rejected and abandoned by the parents may grow up believing that he/she is not loved. They may view God as their parent and not believe and operate in His love. A person going through divorce and separation where there is no longer romantic love between each other may question God’s love, likening it to the romantic love. A fall-out with best friends may make us think God’s love is like that – friends today, enemies tomorrow.
What love is as the Word of God says is different from the concept of “love” that the world has. Why do we have jealousies, hatred and unkind words and arguments in relationships we call “love relationships” when love is not that?
We read, hear and experience wars, hatred, genocide, atrocities, murder and all the evil man does to one another in the world sometimes we ask ‘why?’. This is a manifestation of the world missing something and that is “love”. Not the love that the world knows and defines but the love of God has holds the universe in place. Love is eternal, love is universal.
What Love is Not
Love is Not Jealous
Love Does Not Envy
Love Is Not Proud or Boastful
Love is Not Arrogant or Rude
Love is Not Irritable or Resentful
Love Does Not Rejoice in Wrong
Love Thinks No Evil
What Love Is
Love Is Patient
Love Is Kind
Love Bears All Things
Love Believes All Things
Love Hopes All Things
Love Endures All Things
Love Is Being Humble
Love Rejoices in Right
God is the Author of Love
GOD IS LOVE. Love is not God but God is. God loves us so much. Therefore, after His plan of creating His own kind to rule the physical earth that He created was sabotaged by the devil, He sent His own Son in the likeness of man to earth to redeem us. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God demonstrating His own love towards us, in that while we were sinners and Christ died for us to redeem us.
Jesus death and resurrection accomplished God’s purpose to redeem us and restore what Adam has lost in the garden of Eden – the Spirit of God.
God’s love is poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:5)
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