Choices are more important than Gifts

Notice that in the verses below, God cares more about the choices than the gifts or talents. In Corinthians: It doesn’t matter if you speak in tongues, if you don’t show love. All the attributes of love are things we choose to do. In Romans and Peter: whatever the gift, it is about how we use it. And also notice in Peter that “each has received a gift”.

1 Corinthians 13:1-8  If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

Romans 12:6-8 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads,[f] with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

1 Peter 4:10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace…

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