Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sunday, November 20th: 1 Corinthians 12-14 ~ Jay

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: 1 Corinthians 12-14

Below are a few of the thoughts that made an impact on me today as I read through the passage.

1) With respect to spiritual gifts- they are provided by the Holy Spirit are provided to help others.  Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.  
No one gift is more important than another and jealousy over specific gifts has no place in the lives of believers.

2) The church is compared to a human body that has many parts that allow it to function.   I thought of it much like a team.  Each individual has a function or assignment based on their gift, and they must give 100% and utilize their talent in order for the entire "team" to succeed.26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Just as on a team when one player may be struggling, we need to encourage that player. This same concept applies to the body of believers (the church).  We need to be actively looking for those that may be discouraged and encourage them.  

3) The spiritual gifts God has granted us, as powerful and effective as they could be, are rendered ineffective if we do not have genuine love for others.  If I speak in the tongues[e] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[f] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4) As many times as I have heard the description the passage from 1 Corinthians 13 vs 4-7 which describes love ( typically at weddings), it struck me just how opposite this is to human nature.  Only God working in and through us is able to accomplish a love like this. 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.

5)   The death of loved ones, long term illness, starvation, and difficult challenges we face with others are all things which sometimes we struggle to understand as to why God might have allowed these things to transpire.  Fortunately we have a Heavenly Father who loves us and has an understanding and vision beyond what our limited minds are able to grasp. The passage today tells us that the day will come when God will allow us to visualize things through His perspective. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.  

God, thank-you for the unique gifts  you have provide and the team you have allowed us to be part of.  May we continue to strive to be more effective as we focus on our love for others.  Although we may not always understand why certain things happen, we know they are part of your master plan and look forward to the day when we shall see you face to face.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:1 Corinthians 15-16


Nathan said...

1 Corinthians 14:12
And the same is true for you. Since you are so eager to have the special abilities the Spirit gives, seek those that will strengthen the whole church.

Looking for the gifts God has given us, we should be looking for gifts that help others and ourselves grow closer to God. It's a team thing, we need to work towards moving closer to what God wants, and not about our own personal gains.

Tammy said...

I liked your point about actively looking for those who may be discouraged, and proactively be an encouragement to the "team".