"Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy" 1 Corinthians 14:1
First I would like to address this issue of speaking in tongues; it’s okay to speak in tongues, when talking to God, but not to others when you can’t interpret, since they won’t be able to under you.
But if your desire is to help others grow in the Lord, then prophesying, encouraging and comforting is it that will help them grow, not tongues, proverbs or dark sayings.
There is one funny thing with believers; they want God to lower the table for them but themselves ain’t able to lower it for others. I grew up in a church were church ministers, it wouldn’t matter where, they would only preach in English. Com’on folks, we want only simple gospel summations.
It is true that speaking in tongues helps you grow spiritually, but prophesying or preaching, helps others grow in holiness and happiness.
Paul says, "I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying." 1 Corinthians 14:5
He sets a contrast between similar things, and mediocrity is when you stick to one of the lower levels. In Christianity however, excellence is that which sets someone or something apart from others, but it is important to note that no real distinction or difference exists because we are all children of God.
"Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many" 1 Corinthians 12:4-14
Before God is not much of the word you know that’s important, not even spiritual gifts. but "The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit." Psalm 34:18.
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