Pearls of the Word

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by Jean-Louis Coraboeuf

"But covet earnestly the best gifts, and yet show I unto you a more excellent [huperbole] way" (1 Corinthians 12:31).

We must reach out for the best gifts. And to do that the apostle Paul shows us how we must approach them. It is what he calls the way of excellence. The Greek word 'huperbole', translated as excellence, means superiority, going beyond the norm, the act of being raised aloft.

Therefore where the exercise of spiritual gifts is concerned, we are exhorted to excel, which is to say, to be above the norm. For God wants the best for us, and if that seems humanly impossible to us, let us not forget that with Him nothing is impossible!

But let us also not forget that the most marvellous spiritual gift cannot be as great as love, and as Paul says, "without love, I am nothing (1 Corinthians 13:2) and without love it profits me nothing" (1 Corinthians 13:3).