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"I show you a more excellent way"

People of various callings and gifts make up the Lord's Church. Our communion with the Son of God includes specific functions to fulfill in the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The mix of Divine gifts and abilities are unique to each soul in Christ. God has also assigned us each a place in which to function in those things./p>

While no one person has every spiritual gift, ability, or call, we all have one universal pathway for expressing them, the love of God. Above and beyond what you know, who you know, and where you do what you know is one unifying element keeping us clean and building us up together. It is the love of God that releases the faith of God to change the world!/p>

The power of communion is the love of God. God is love and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He that does not love does not know God because God is love. That is Scripture. How sad is it to walk amidst the congregation of God's people exercising gifts and developing abilities, but never actually knowing the God who has given them?/p>

Our Koinonia* together is expressed in the flow of God's love. The love of God soaks the word of God into the fiber of our being. With every lifting of a hand, movement of the feet, and word from our lips brings the fragrance of the Lord into the atmosphere around us. God's love makes sense of every gift, ability, and call in Christ./p>

Scriptural Context

"(27) Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. (28) And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. (29) Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? (30) Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? (31) But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way. (13:1) Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. (2) And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. (3) And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing." -1 Corinthians 12:27-13:3 NKJV

(*Greek for fellowship/communion)