If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. – 1 Corinthians 13:2 (NIV)
The implications of this passage are shocking: people can have gifts, but not the fruit of the Spirit. There is a big difference between fruit and gifts. Spiritual gifts are given by God for the common good of others, but spiritual fruit can only come from being with Jesus. In other words, just because someone is moving in spiritual power, doesn’t mean that person is close to God. The Apostle Paul is not trying to minimize spiritual gifts, but to remind us to not confuse the power that God gives with the love, joy and peace that can only come from a relationship with Him.
Today’s commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org
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