THEME: THE HOLY SPIRIT
1 Corinthians 14:2-4
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.
-The Holy Spirit appears in both the Old and New Testaments. The Holy Spirit especially dwells with and in Christians. Leading, guiding and empowering us with spiritual gifts including:- gift of knowledge, faith, healing, working miracles, prophecy, discerning spirits, speaking in different tongues and interpretation of tongues as He wills (1 Corinthians 12:4-11). Through these we see from the main scripture that gifts are geared towards self edification or edification of the church. Apostle Paul displays values for some gifts more than others; especially if they cause edification of the church; like the gift of prophecy. It is through this then that the Holy Spirit grants us the fruit of love. The fruit that Jesus summarized saying, love the Lord Your God with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your strength and your neighbor as yourself. We are called to continue loving our brothers and sisters and showing hospitality to strangers, and by so doing we show hospitality to angels without knowing (Hebrew 13:1-3). Further, to be hospitable to one another without grumbling. To minister to one another as each one has received spiritual gifts and to be be good stewards of the manifold grace of God. To speak the oracles of God and minister according to our abilities; as God supplies for the glory of His name. Our lives should always be governed by love. Only love can hold us together through perfect unity with God and one another, for God is love and love never fails.
Praise the Lord, all nations. Extol Him, all people. For great is His steadfast love toward us and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. We praise You Holy Spirit for You alone are our God and King. You formed our inward parts and knit us together in our mother’s wombs. We praise You, for we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Help us to love You and our neighbors as ourselves. Only You are worthy Lord, only You are our King of kings, may Your love reach all Your creation merciful Lord. Fill us with Your fruit and gifts Holy Spirit so that we may accomplish that great work that You have called each one of us to do, for the glory of Your name. Grant us the wisdom and faith to perform the gifts that You have bestowed unto us, to exercise them with love. Help us not to show partiality among Your people but to love one another with Your perfect love. Grant us the compassion so that we may help the poor and those who need us most. Heal all those who are sick and suffering Master and comfort the bereaved. Wonderful are Your works Lord and great is Your faithfulness. All glory and dominion belongs to You Jesus Christ, now and forever and ever. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forevermore. Amen
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