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He can easily distinguish between the use and abuse of spiritual gifts.” God’s gifts are real and Paul’s confidence rests in the Giver, who is worthy of thanks for these gifts, even when they’re being misused.
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From Our Daily Bread (ODB) unless otherwise designated (Our Daily Bread Devotionals Copyright by RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. All rights reserved) Includes selections from F B Meyer's Our Daily Walk (Note: These generally do not duplicate the ODB Links) (Click here for links to additional devotional illustrations from Moody's Today in the Word) 1 CORINTHIANS Along the western coast of Ireland, fishermen use a round bottomed keelless craft known as a currach. Because of its unique construction, it is vulnerable to sharp rocks or floating objects, and it requires the oarsmen to cooperate completely, rowing in perfect unison.
Out of this need for unity has come the Irish expression, "You will have to pull with the crew" Or, as another Irish proverb states, "There is not strength without unity" What is true for Irish fishermen is especially true for believers in Jesus Christ.
In the opening portion of this letter Paul remains realistic in his appraisal of the Corinthians’ spiritual life and practice, but he does not play the part of the scolding father.Consider taking time today to hunt down paper, an envelope, a stamp, and a pen and bless a fellow believer’s life with a prayerful note.Perhaps you can write about a way in which your friend’s faith has encouraged you.In these opening lines, he has full confidence that God has given the Corinthians a sure calling and hope, an enriching of their mouths and minds, and spiritual gifts for every need and occasion.
Exuberance abounds in the “every” and “all” of verse five.Or use this as an opportunity to testify about what God is doing in your life.