Gifted By Grace

The Bible teaches that all of us have uniquely placed gifts from God to be used by Him. What is the work of the Holy Spirit? How do we discover our giftedness and what it means to use our spiritual gifts?

God has built spiritual gifts into us and made them parts of us to be used for the benefit of others and His glory. Like all gifts from God, they are grace gifts. We do not deserve them, but because God loves us, He gives them to us. They provide motivation and help to shape what we would call personalities. Our giftedness was not an afterthought; it was a part of God’s plan to shape us for our role in building His Kingdom.

Most Christians are familiar with the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. They are:

  • Wisdom
  • Understanding
  • Counsel
  • Knowledge
  • Piety (devotion)
  • Fear of the Lord
  • Fortitude

These gifts are given to Christians at their baptism. They make a person who possesses them disposed to make proper choices and todo the right thing.

The gifts of grace. While we do not deserve grace God gives this because He loves us. Here are more gifts:

  • Charity (Love)
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Patience
  • Benignity (Kindness)
  • Goodness
  • Longanimity (Long-Suffering)
  • Mildness (Gentleness)
  • Faith
  • Modesty
  • Continence (Self-Control)
  • Chastity

Grace gifts is a gift that keep giving. It’s the dimension of God active within us, doing what we cannot do in the flesh. It is not static, but dynamic. It is ongoing. We cannot earn it, but there are things that we can do to open our lives more deeply to it.

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