18 Apr Is Something Missing?
Just a quick passing note for those desiring to be people of the Spirit … We all know that Paul wrote his first letter to the Corinthians to both instruct and correct the Corinthian saints and “ain’ts” about the workings of the Holy Spirit. Isn’t it interesting that between the lengthy 12th and 14th chapters, Paul sandwiches in a profound teaching on love in the 13th chapter? Among all of his corrections/teachings to the Corinthian Pentecostals/Charismatics dealing with the “here’s what I have” and “here’s who I am” and “here’s what I can do” found in chapters 12 and 14, Paul told them to desire love.
From one Holy Ghost lover to another, let me share this observation. If you have been to any of our conferences and/or read any of these blog posting for the past almost 9 years, you KNOW that I love the Holy Spirit and want to see the Book of Acts come alive today. The Gifts of the Spirit are incredible. Standing in an office in the Body of Christ is awesome. Signs and wonders and miracles are marvelous. But we can’t stop there. Without love, no lasting fruit will or can be produced from our charismata (spiritual gifts). Caustic, “I have something that you don’t have”, arrogant attitudes won’t build the Body of Christ. Without love, discord is sewn, churches are divided, individuals try to be who they aren’t, spiritual casualties litter the countryside.
There’s no need to write a long blog post. The Apostle Paul made it clear when he wrote …
” … but have not love (God’s love in me) I am nothing (a useless nobody).”
1 Corinthians 13:2 (Amplified Bible)
Holy Ghost person … desire and demonstrate love.