This portion of the bible shows that as children of God, He has deposited in us special gifts to benefit the body of Christ. Some of such gifts are; the gift of healing, prophecy, teaching, speaking in tongues and others.
Our existence is hinged on one another, no one is more important than the other. Paul went on to explain the essence of love, even while demonstrating these gifts and the fact that the absence of love nullifies the efficacy of the gifts.
We have been placed wherever we find ourselves to make an impact, whether in church, our place of work or in the lives of others. The people we find around us are placed in our lives for a reason, no one is independent of the other; hence a symbiotic relationship. Even as we demonstrate our skills, gifts and talents, we should not forget the place of showing love to the people God has placed around us. What is the essence of being so gifted and talented, intelligent and skillful, without being a loving person? Even as people admire you for your gifts, let them also have something to say about your loving nature.
I am not just all gifts and talents; I also have love in my heart.
Reading – 1 Corinthians 12:28-13:13
28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues[a]?Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.
Love Is Indispensable
And yet I will show you the most excellent way.
13 If I speak in the tongues[b] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 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. 3 If I give all I possess to the poorand give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[c] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 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.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
- 1 Corinthians 12:30 Or other languages
- 1 Corinthians 13:1 Or languages
- 1 Corinthians 13:3 Some manuscripts body to the flames