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The Gifts of the Holy Spirit: A Pathway to Divine Fulfillment

The concept of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, as outlined in the New Testament, is a profound testament to the intricate and transcendent relationship between humanity and the divine. These gifts are not merely symbolic tokens; they are transformative powers that enable individuals to transcend their ordinary limitations and align themselves with a higher purpose. To truly grasp the magnitude of these gifts, one must delve into their biblical foundations and understand their psychological and spiritual implications. In 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, the Apostle Paul provides a detailed enumeration of these gifts: “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish betwee

How a life of suffering glorifies God?

 


I've been watching this series, The Chosen, now on its 3rd season, and each episode has not failed to hit hard on my heart.  I can describe myself as someone who society has hardened and I didn't cry for more than 10 years as everything was just numb and empty.  I felt nothing for anyone or for anything.


The first episode of Season 1 which I watched because I had nothing else to watch completely melted whatever hardened my heart and each episode has been  a  tear jerker ever since.  The Chosen series had resuscitated my faith, it brings the gospels alive to me.  The apostles weren't one dimensioned saintly people, they were ordinary people like us who have many imperfections and have many struggles.

Fast forward to December 2022 and The Chosen had just released their second episode and this hit the hardest so far because it deals with sickness and healing.  I have the experience of having a loved one deal with pain and suffering through sickness and in that journey, we prayed so hard for healing and yet God did not heal and I couldn't understand it fully at that time and for a long tme, that question kept on lingering just like how Little James in the episode asked Jesus, why won't you heal me?  In the episode, I can imagine that as if Jesus was talking to me and my mum to explain that we could be doing what God wants for His greater glory.

Also, in the episode, I can't help but think of Nick Vujicic. Nick is someone who was born without limbs and he is one who preaches God's love effectively and vigorously. Days later, they got him in an interview, see the link below, and please see this and be amazed of his answers.

I strongly encourage people to watch The Chosen as it will change their view about life for sure.






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