Sunday, December 14, 2014

Discerning Spiritual Gifts

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

In St. Paul's letter to the Thessalonians we hear a simple process for discerning our spiritual gifts.  He tells us to:

  1. Pray with out ceasing (to pray always)
  2. To not quench the spirit (to accept the gifts God gives us)
  3. To listen to the prophetic utterances (to listen in the silence for the Word of God in our lives)
  4. To test everything (experiment with our spiritual gifts)
  5. Retain what is good (continue to use the spiritual gifts that have been affirmed by others)
  6. Refrain from every kind of evil (to stay pure of heart so as to receive the goodness offered to us)

St. Paul wishes to encourage the community and us today through these words:

"May the God of peace make you perfectly holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The one who calls you is faithful, and he will also accomplish it."

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