When the love of God is alive in the life of believers, it is a multi-faceted diamond that radiates the light of God manifest through a spectrum of living color. Breaking the chains of hopelessness and despair as it dissipates the darkness of this conditional, temporal world. Just turn on the light and the rainbow appears! The light of the Son shining through to illuminate a myriad of individual giftings uniquely expressed in His love.
‘But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
~ Gal. 5:22-23
Notice the word fruit in verse 22. How it stands in singular form with the word love. That is because the love of God is always the primary gift! The rest of the gifts are a by-product of the manifestation of God’s love. And that root must remain the root; or the giftings themselves lose their legitimacy; as well as their power and become unfruitful, a mere work of the flesh.
‘There are diversities of gifts, but the same spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.’ ~ 1 Cor. 12:4-7
But eagerly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way. ~ 1 Cor. 12:31
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. ~ 1 Cor. 13:13
George L. Miller