1 Corinthians 12:27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.
13 If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 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 do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends.
The apostle Paul names some gifts of the Spirit asking a series of questions. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? And so on. The implicit answer is “no”. Not everyone has the same gifting or calling, but together we become the “body of Christ” to the world. But then Paul writes in v.12, “I will show you a still more excellent way”. What does he mean by that?
Greater than even the working of miracles is… love, which is patient, kind, not boastful or rude, and so on. What I believe makes love greater than the other things mentioned is the fact that EVERYONE can be loving. It doesn’t require special powers or gifting or experience. As a mentor of mine used to say, “Everybody can play!”.
Lord teach us to love others as you have loved us. This morning I’m particularly thinking of some people in my life who aren’t easy to love. Sometimes I’m tempted to give up on them, on me. Do a work in us we cannot do for ourselves. Amen.
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An important lesson for the world today. As Marxists try to divide and sow discord generating ‘hate’, we need to remain faithful. Even Christ told his disciples to shake the dust off of their sandals when the community didn’t want to listen. There is a lot of evil in the world and there are many that don’t want to listen.