THEME: GIFT OF TONGUES
1 Corinthians 14:1-5
“Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.”
-The gift of speaking can be misinterpreted or might sometimes become undesirable to those who may view it as balderdash or probably do not understand its vitality. We should realize that the gift of tongues is of prime importance as the Lord dedicates this whole chapter to enlighten us about it. We are called to pursue love and desire spiritual gifts. Since we know that Jesus summarized the law to love, we are reminded to look at the spiritual gifts with the same lens. According to apostle Paul, it is desirable that all men speak in tongues for self edification but much more; prophecy for the good of the body of Christ. These gifts are like spiritual light bulbs that shine and illuminate God’s divine purposes. Before one receives the gift of speaking in tongues, he/she must desire it and hold fast love. In 1 Corinthians 13:1 we see that, “if I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal”. When we desire to speak in tongues from our hearts, the Holy Spirit imparts in us this gift according to the multitude of His grace. As we speak in tongues, we do not speak to men but to God. These are divine secrets or mysteries that only the Holy Spirit Who is within us can reveal.
Our God and Father we humbly come at Your feet seeking Your mercy. We humbly ask that You forgive us all our trespasses and wash us with Your precious blood. Create in us clean hearts Oh Lord and renew a steadfast spirit within us. Do not cast us from Your presence and do not take away Your Holy Spirit from us. Restore unto us the joy of Your salvation and uphold us by Your generous Spirit. Fill us with the gift of speaking in tongues Holy Spirit and if You wish; that we may prophecy. May we always dwell in love as You have called us that we may accomplish our purposes here on earth. Be with all those who are sick, in prison, those who lack food, shelter and clothing, those who are mourning the loss of their loved ones, those who are struggling in marriages, relationships, businesses and in other areas; that You may grant us all rest. You have called us to be the salt and the light of the world Lord, fill us with Your light so that many can see You through us. May we decrease as You increase Jesus. We trust in You Lord with all our hearts, walk with us in this journey of faith. Amen
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