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THE GIFT IS OFTEN ABUSED

There are gifts that God has given to us that we sometimes abuse. In fact, I must always be careful when I say that God gave this to me. We have heard that phrase many times. Unfortunately, there are those who misuse it for their purposes. I do believe that God speaks and gives gifts. However, we can never use that for our own purpose or glorification. I believe with all my heart that God gives gifts to His people. How we use them is another matter altogether. Today’s devotion speaks of a gift often abused, found in I Corinthians 12:10.

“He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said.”

Paul speaks about the working of miracles for he is aware of the miraculous power that God gives to His people. In this verse, he speaks of several gifts. But the one gift that seems to be misunderstood is the speaking in tongues. He indicates also that someone is given the gift of interpretation of tongues. Speaking in tongues is a gift from God. Paul speaks of the gift of prophecy. I would argue that it could well be the gifts of speaking of tongues and prophecy are sometimes abused. Remember, Paul also said that regardless of the gift, it must be grounded in love to have meaning. I do not speak in tongues, but I know that God does give that gift. I am not able to prophesy but I know that God gives that gift. I never want to use any gift to exalt myself nor find myself unable to appreciate the gifts He chooses to give to another. I just ask Him for discernment. Whatever we do should always be done with integrity, honesty, and humility all for the glory of God. We grieve the Spirit when we abuse the gifts that God has given. Let me say also, God gives all gifts and none is to be abused. Appreciate those who have been given the gifts and ask God for discernment that those gifts are truly being offered to honor God.