Today’s Reading | 1 Corinthians 12
What causes dissention in a local church? How can we prevent it? In today’s reading, Paul condemns two responses in believers that destroy unity. Could you be guilty of one of these responses? Paul begins this chapter by writing that God has given everyone gifts for the benefit of the body. How do you respond to this information? One way is to look at yourself and determine that you are insignificant because you are not like others and your gifts are not the “important” ones. That response is wrong and hurts the unity of the body. A second response would be to examine others and determine that they are not important because they are not like you or do not have what you consider to be “important” gifts. This response is also wrong and it hurts unity. Imagine either of those attitudes as it relates to your unit. Unity and performence depend on everyone doing their jobs well. We must all realize that God has given to each of us, all members of the body of Christ, gifts to use in the church. If we take ourselves out, or push others out, we hurt the body. We also miss out on what those gifts are designed to give us. Are you using the gifts God has given you? Do you see the role others must play in the body?
What gifts could make a person feel unimportant to the body?
How do we make people feel like they are unimportant to the body?
List ways God can use those gifts to impact the body.
What personal commitment can you make in light of this passage?