Today’s Reading | 1 Corinthians 14
What would happen if the members of a local church body used their gifts but were not motivated by love? In this chapter we see the consequences in a church when that very thing happens. You may even see your own church fitting this description. As the believers in Corinth used their gifts, pride and jealousy developed among them. Pride is the antithesis of love. It serves self. Church members misused their gifts for self-edification rather than for building the body. They concluded that the spiritual gift God gave to an individual determined how spiritual they were. To make matters worse, people at church were using their gifts in a way that was causing confusion and the worship of God was being hindered. Paul gave some very specific and direct guidelines to avoid these problems among the believers. The key was that they were using their gifts in a way that was not pleasing to God. Love was not the motivation of their lives, pride was. Do you see similar characteristics in your church? How are you using the gifts that God has given to you? What can you do to avoid these abuses in your life and in your church? Why not get started today?
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?