“There are diversities of activities — but it is the same God who works all in all.” 1 Corinthians 12:6
- Some believers are remarkable for the strength of their faith in trials, even unto death.
- Others for liveliness and activity in duty.
- Others for wisdom and prudence.
- Others for their zeal in defense of the truth.
- Others for spiritual knowledge.
- Others for meekness and patience.
- Others for outward usefulness.
- And some for an inward and spiritual life of communion with God.
But all these are the various gifts and graces of the Holy Spirit, dividing severally to every man as He wills, and are given to profit withal, according to the place allotted to each in the Church or in the world.
My fellow-Christians, let us hence learn a lesson of forbearance to our brethren. It is not right to judge another by our own pattern. Are you a warm and active Christian? Condemn not him whose mind may be more placid and contemplative than yours. He who now creeps in humble silence may in a moment be raised higher than you are. The same may be said of other differences among the followers of Jesus.
Let us then no longer envy one another or indulge a rash and censorious spirit; but rather covet earnestly the best gifts, such as meekness and love. And, by the help of Divine grace, faithfully improve the talent committed to our trust, that each of us may receive that heart-reviving address, “Well done, good and faithful servant…. enter into the joy of your Lord!” The commendation of Jesus at the end will more than make up for all our efforts by the way.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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