Sunday, March 19, 2023
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.
Peter provides one of the four inspired messages on spiritual gifts in the New Testament.  In each context where we find an emphasis on spiritual gifts, the Holy Spirit also stresses "that way of life that is best of all"  love. Both Paul and Peter, in their teaching, emphasized that spiritual gifts can never be divorced from our love for each other.  Love is central in our use of our spiritual gifts because these gifts have two primary goals, as Peter stressed in our passage today:
When loving our brothers and sisters in Christ and honoring God become our defining virtues in the use of our gifts, then we obey the two great commandments affirmed by Jesus as well as bless Jesus' family:
"'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love him with all your mind.' This is the first and most important commandment. And the second is like it. 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself.' Everything that is written in the Law and the Prophets is based on these two commandments." 
Almighty and sovereign God, Jesus my Savior, and the Holy Spirit, thank you for giving me spiritual gifts to bless Your people and bring You glory. Help me know my gifts and use them to honor you and bless my fellow believers in Christ. I want these gifts to point others to You and awaken them to Your love, grace, and power. In Jesus' name, I offer myself to You. Amen.
Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.
'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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