Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led.
Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says, “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.
To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Holy Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
(1 Corinthians 12: 1-11)
Paul, when he writes to the church in Corinth, refers to the different kinds of spiritual gifts that are given for the common good.
These gifts are given by the Holy Spirit, just as He determines and according to His will. We must each wisely use the gifts that we have been given, so that together we may all help to build up the church of God.
Paul also refers to the importance of love when considering spiritual gifts. He mentions that prophecies will cease, tongues will be stilled and knowledge will pass away, but that love will never fail.
He also warns that our use of spiritual gifts will be adversely affected by a lack of love.
“And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains but have not love, I am nothing”.
(1 Corinthians 13: 2)
Therefore, may we use the gifts that we have been given, with a loving attitude, in order to give and receive the blessings in accordance to what God desires.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
(1 Corinthians 6: 19-20)
The Holy Spirit is able to produce miracles within our lives and in the world around us. He can act in both a powerful way and with gentleness. He is able to guide, instruct and lead us in all that we do and seeks for us to really know him and to develop our personal relationship with him.
When we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, our bodies become His temple and we should honour Him with acts and thoughts that are rigorous and holy.
If we are receptive and allow Him to work freely within our lives, we will begin to demonstrate fruits of the Spirit, which others will then notice, such as our peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self-control.
Let our lives bear witness to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, as we trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, so that others may also experience His love.
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With many peaceful blessings