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October 12th

“Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.”  1 Corinthians 14: 1

In our devotion yesterday we looked at the last verse of 1 Corinthians 13:13:  “So now faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love.

Paul continues to tell every Christian that we should pursue love.  Pursue means action, to go after it with everything you possess.    When you pursue something, it is like a hunter that is pursuing the animal.  It is like an athlete going after the championship.  Paul says that we should be pursuing love.  It must be our priority in our spiritual life.  Love is not passive, love is not a feeling, but love is a choice, decision that we must make continually!  Am I pursuing loving God, loving my mate, loving my family, loving my neighbor and even loving my enemy.

Are we pursuing love?  Are we going after love in our daily lives?

Then we must desire the spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophesy!  Why do we need the spiritual gifts?  We need the Holy Spirit and we need the Gifts of the Spirit in our lives and church today.  We need more than natural giftings, talents, skills, and charisma - we need the Holy Spirit to anoint, bless and favor us with His gifting.  What we need to do is earnestly desire all the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Why all of them?  Because the most important gift is the one that is needed at the time.

Paul says: “Especially the gift of prophesy.”  Prophesy means to tell, declare, preach the Gospel to others.  Christians need the Holy Spirit to share, minister and to witness to unsaved people.  When was the last time that we shared with a sinner the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We need the Holy Spirit to give us His favor and His love to reach people.

Lord today, let me pursue love and desire all of the spiritual gifts!

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