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“Goodbye England’s rose
May you ever grow in our hearts
You were the grace that placed itself
Where lives were torn apart.”

These were the words Elton John used to immortalize the late Princess Dianna. Dianna was known to have placed herself in the midst of causes such as AIDS or the removal of landmines, which graced the lives of people in need.

I can think of no better descriptor of the spiritual gifts spoken of in the New Testament than “grace that places itself where lives are torn apart.” Whenever a gift of the Holy Spirit is observed, its because someone’s need is being met, supernaturally.

“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit (charism – “gift of grace”) is given for the common good.” 1 Cor. 12:7(NIV)

Every believer has received the gift of the Holy Spirit. That means every believer is “gifted.” The Holy Spirit brings with himself manifestations that are for the common good. Spiritual gifts include teaching, giving, serving, administering, prophecy, leading, wisdom, knowledge, healing, discerning of spirits, speaking in other tongues, faith amongst others. You can find them listed in Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4.

Perhaps you can recall a time when you were served by someone using one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. If so, you not only know how beneficial that was, but must feel inspired to discover your own gifts, so as to use them in your own ministry.

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