I came to know the Lord in a Pentecostal church, where having spiritual gifts was a sign of maturity. If you spoke in tongues or prophesied, you were considered mature, but I learned later that having spiritual gifts is not an indication of maturity!
The church at Corinth manifested more spirituals gifts than any other church, yet the Apostle Paul had to rebuke them for their lack of unity, maturity and for allowing open sin in the church. The members of the church placed more value on gifts and position than unity and fellowship. He informed them that the church operates like the human body, which has many members with different functions and that all parts work for the good and benefit of the one body.
Then he concluded by admonishing them to desire the best gifts. “So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts. But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all.” 1 Corinthians 12:31 (NLT)
Paul ends chapter 12 by promising to show them something that was greater than spiritual gifts, and that something is love! While Paul does not negate the gifts, he says that having gifts without love is nothing.“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” 1 Corinthians 13:1 (NLT)
Love is the greater and best thing!
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