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TAKING OFF THE MASK

April 25, 2015

Saturday

 

1 Corinthians 13:2 

 

And though I have [the gift of] prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing

 

 

LESSON

 

Prophecy” was a higher gift than speaking in tongues, but was still inferior to “love”. Earlier Paul wrote of the importance of understanding life from God’s perspective, and grasping the truths previously not revealed but now made known by His apostles. Nevertheless, the truth without love is like food without drink. Possession of spiritual gifts is not the sign of the Spirit, but loving behavior is. Even “faith” great enough “to move mountains” is not as important as love.

When we walk in our own understanding, without the leading of the Spirit, we are walking in a fog. We must allow the Day Star to arise within our hearts. Many Christians believe that the indication of true spirituality and maturity in Christ can be assessed by looking at the evidence of gifts of the Spirit in an individual. Others believe that the fruit of the Spirit demonstrated in the life of a believer.

 

Memory Verse: Matthew 5:11

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