I Corinthians 14 Part 2–Gifts and Worship

Paul continues his discussion about spiritual by reminding the Corinthians that the gifts are for the edification of the church.  Paul speaks in tongues regularly, but he was clear that for church edification, to speak in tongues without being able to interpret does not serve a worshipful purpose. Paul wants the Corinthians and believers, in general, to weigh the value of their worship on its edification to the church and others, not on how it makes one feel.
 
We need not avoid or ignore what God does in our lives.  If we are gifted to speak in tongues, great.  But for the purpose of worship, that should only take center stage when it can be interpreted. We need to make sure as we grow in the Lord, that we are consistently seeking His will and purpose for our lives. We should embrace all God is willing to impart in our lives. 
We need not take that which He has given us, and allow pride to keep us from being grateful for the gift and humble in our exercise of it.  
 
God Bless You

 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning. 11 If then I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a foreigner to the speaker, and the speaker is a foreigner to me. 12 So it is with you. Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church.

13 For this reason, the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that they may interpret what they say. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. 15 So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding. 16 Otherwise when you are praising God in the Spirit, how can someone else, who is now put in the position of an inquirer,[d] say “Amen”to your thanksgiving, since they do not know what you are saying? 17 You are giving thanks well enough, but no one else is edified.

18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. 19 But in the church, I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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