Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever.(8)
But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.(10)
Three things will last forever, faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is love.(13)
The New Living Translation
I anticipated greatly the sermon series on I Corinthians that was delivered at our church because of course we would discuss all the different spiritual gifts given to believers and lets face it that's pretty exciting that God would even consider giving us spiritual gifts.
As I listened to the preaching, I think what hit me the most was the following:
* PERSPECTIVE - whatever my spiritual gift, here on earth it will always be delivered imperfectly, everything on this earth is not perfect only in heaven will things be found to be perfect. For me this is an immense relief, as I unfortunately suffer from perfectionist syndrome and I am sure there are others of you out there like me who somehow feel we should do everything without any mistakes. Of course we know in our head that will never happen but we place undue pressure on ourselves to deliver the impossible. I feel encouraged to not hold back because of insecurities but to offer my imperfectness to God for His use.
* URGENCY - these spiritual gifts will pass away (8) and finish. It would seem spiritual gifts have been given for our time on earth, in order to encourage each other to grow in our faith and bring glory to God. (1 Cor 14:12) We cannot use them to benefit others if we are in the grave. Gods intended use of the spiritual gifts he has given is for now, may we be wise in using these opportunities.
* LOVE - as the NIV study bible says," love supersedes the spiritual gifts because it outlasts them all". If we don't have God's love, we have nothing and our spiritual gifts if not used in love, amount to nothing. Am I using my gift to display the love of God? May the answer always be, YES
"because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. "( Romans 5:5) Praise God, even in our weakness, He enables us to please Him.