1 Corinthians 14:1-12             Build up the Community

Love is top priority, but the Christians should “be eager” for other gifts too.  However, the overall aim and purpose is to build up the community.  Spiritual gifts should not bring a sense of competition or pride: such gifts should be used for the good of all, and each person should praise God for the other person’s gifts.  That is why prophecy is given more emphasis than speaking in tongues.  Prophecy builds up the community; speaking in tongues which are unintelligible does not benefit any other person.  As always, Paul’s concern is for the entire church, not for any section or any individuals.  He longs for the Christians to grow in Christ, and to be built up as one body, irrespective of age, tribe or race.