Very often, God uses his word to deal with heart attitudes. In the story about the good Samaritan, Jesus was responding to a statement by a man who “was trying to justify himself”, so he asked “who is my neighbor”? Attitudes show what and where our heart has been meditating. It may reveal itself in our words or our body language. But it will come out into the light eventually.
In todays verse, Paul is admonishing those with gifts to exercise them with the right heart attitude. Let’s pray
Father, You alone are worthy of glory and honor. Only you can be full of love that is unconditional and justice that without partiality. Because of Jesus Christ and his sacrificial payment for our sins.
Father, will you help those who are encouragers to not become discouraged. Let their encouragement be genuine and from the heart. Let those who give have great wisdom in their giving. Keep them from becoming jaded by those who use them and seem to be ungrateful.
Father help leaders administrate with grace and discernment, in freedom and not legalism, without coercion, guilt or manipulation. Help them to equip and empower and not to abuse the authority given to them.
Thank you Father for the merciful. There are so many hurting people, thanks for those who show true compassion that brings forth healing.
Thank you Father for the many expressions of gifts in represented in your body of believers. Help us to be healthy and productive. In Jesus name, Amen