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Day 13: Spiritual Food in Quarantine

“A More Excellent Way”

“Concerning spiritual gifts, I do not want you to be unaware,” says St. Paul. He wants us to be aware not just of what the gifts are, but more so Whom the gifts are from. He cautions against the tendency to value the gift more than the Source, to worship the creature rather than the Creator.

We should be excited about getting the spirit of the Bestower rather than the gifts themselves. That way, we understand their purpose. That’s why a whole chapter on love, which is the very nature of the Spirit, is included in the epistle. Love desires the benefit of others, the common good. Without it, all achievements, no matter how remarkable, amount to nothing.

God gave gifts to all. Some came in big packages, some in small. What matters most is the spirit of love behind the use. That’s the more excellent way. Use yours that way; that’s what will heal the world that’s currently in desperate need of it.

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