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Do You Understand Your Mates Spiritual Gift?
We avoid frustration and disappointment when we understand our spouses spiritual gifts.
Family Counseling Ministries -
Sam and Linda looked forward all week to their upcoming weekend visit with good friends who lived several hours away. The entire family made elaborate preparations. The children could hardly contain their excitement about spending two days with their grandparents. As he serviced the minivan and loaded the luggage, Sam thought about the fun of helping Jim build a back deck on his home. For her part, Linda was eager to offer comfort and encouragement to Susan, who had suffered a miscarriage two weeks earlier.
What promised to be a pleasant and memorable weekend of fellowship became a source of personal frustration for Sam and Linda.
Sams surprise and hurt tumbled out,
Of course I care about Susans feelings. She and Jim are our best friends. You know Id never do anything intentionally to offend her. I dont understand where all this is coming from. I thought we shared great mealtime conversations, but Jim and I were focused on getting the job done. Whats wrong with that?
These partners, one motivated by a desire to serve, the other propelled by a heart of mercy, are seriously hindered in the communication process because they do not understand one anothers spiritual gifts.
The writer of Romans 12:6-8 charges Christians with a supremely important responsibility,
Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let each exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
Each one of these seven motivational gifts is viable and essential to the well being of the Body of Christ.
God entrusts all Christians with gifts and graces that they should enthusiastically exercise. As Believers use these gifts properly, they encourage and edify other Christians. When husbands and wives come to understand their motivational gifts, they are free to build each other up in the faith, strengthen the body of Christ, and share His life-giving message with a lost and dying world.
Additionally, they learn to be grateful for the differences in one anothers perspectives, rather than being threatened by them. In place of the tension and misunderstanding that may typify a relationship, peace and harmony begin to reign.
When we learn, as marriage partners, to accept one anothers differing gifts, we are able to celebrate the diversity of those gifts. However, when we fail to understand how God uses varying spiritual gifts within the marriage relationship, we open the door to unnecessary misunderstanding and heartache. God would not have us be ignorant of such a foundational scriptural principle. Our mates need our whole-hearted affirmation of their motivational spiritual gifts. We must be committed to encouraging one another to implement our spiritual gifts in unique ways.