Right Motives Are Everything!
It's interesting that Paul in writing to the Corinthians about spiritual
gifts tells them and so us also, that the operation of these gifts must
be in love. That's the way for God's will to be done through us. The gifts
are for the benefit of the Church and us as individuals but will be
ineffectual regarding God's heart for us , if we use them in a
self-seeking or harsh manner.
1 Corinthians 13:1 If I speak in the tongues of men
and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
We can see this same point brought out in another way in Paul's letter
to the Ephesians in Chapter 4.
Ephesians 4:15 Instead, speaking the truth in love,
we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head.
We are to speak the truth in love. We can speak the truth in a manner to cut
down and hurt others but that is not what God wants of His people. When we speak
the truth in love we build up or edify the body of believers who are influenced
That should be our modus operandi for using all God's gifts to us. Without
having the backdrop of love in our hearts they are ineffectual to us as far as
God is conserned. But, WITH the backdrop of love in our hearts we do God's will
and edify ourselves and the body of Christ and please God.
Best wishes for Grace and the Peace of Jesus.