Daily Archives: October 28, 2018
It is love, not knowledge, that forms the basis of Christianity. Paul wrote letters to the church at Corinth to emphasize this point and lead the Corinthians back into right relationship with God and others. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
1 Corinthians 14:21-40
21 In the Law it is written:
“With other tongues
The Hand Is Not An Ear | Marianne Toovey
1 Corinthians 14:39-40
The people of Corinth had been so preoccupied with the gift of speaking in tongues that Paul felt it necessary to take up 3 chapters to sort of knock them down a peg or two. But finally upon the conclusion of this portion of his letter, Paul comes to the main point: Whatever your spiritual gift, use it properly and be respectful to others and their gifts.
Going back to chapter 12 where we’re referred to as working parts of the body of Christ, it doesn’t matter what my gift is, just that I do it right and do it well. What’s the point in having a hand if I can’t use it for its intended purpose? And that hand can only do what hands do. I shouldn’t expect my hand to hear music or listen to a sermon. All my parts need to work together to keep me going – each doing what they’re supposed to do and allowing the other parts to do their job too. So it is with Christians. I will use my gift to the best of my abilities. I will not claim other gifts to be more or less important than my own. I will not try to master a gift not meant for me, and will instead allow those with that gift to perform their duties.
God, help me to be content with who I am and the gifts You’ve given me. I pray I rise to the challenge and perform the tasks You present to me in a way that pleases You. Please encourage Your Body to work together and to “be sure that everything is done properly and in order.” In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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