Morning Musings: 1 Corinthians 12:31

“But earnestly desire the higher gifts.  And I will show you a still more excellent way.”  (ESV)

Verse 31 here of chapter 12 offers important context for understanding chapter 13 that most folks ignore.  Chapter 13 is, of course, the famous “love chapter.”  Paul offers us a beautiful and vaunted description of what love looks like and the necessity of its centrality in our lives.  And while it is certainly and obviously generally applicable, it’s context is advice on how to get our practice of the spiritual gifts right in the church body.  Read the rest…