Love Covers Spiritual Envy
"Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone." 1 Corinthians 12:4-6
Is it just me or do others find it difficult to view themselves through Christ. Am I the only one who distractedly picks apart areas of character or strengths feeling like it is impossible to measure up to some ideal? Has anyone else thought, "Why can't I be more like..?" Why the preoccupation and why can't I see me as God does...fearfully and wonderfully made—unique (Psalm 139:13-16)?
The truth is God has an exclusive design for each of us. We are fashioned with a special array of gifts and talents; a true tapestry of grace. As we intentionally engage with other women in our church family our individuality contributes to the unified masterpiece knit together by a loving God. As we encourage and love each other, blending our contributions, we are better able to teach each other to see God's redemptive plan and the nature of Jesus Christ. We become focused on enjoying and loving God more fully with a gospel-centeredness that encourages furthering the Kingdom. Our inreach helps us to grow as disciples equipped for missional outreach—serving women of all ages and life stages—as together we come to know Christ and live out His purpose.
The following article by Carolyn McCulley explores what it would look like if instead of identifying specific gifts, love for others was our aim:
This article by Erin Davis explores ways we can let love rid us of jealousy when others seem to shine more brightly:
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