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Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy... he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.
~ 1 Corinthians 14:1-3 (NKJV)
These verses follow the 1 Corinthians 13 chapter about love. Our family studied it during Bible lesson on Wednesday.
I've previously explained to the kids that prophecy is often thought of as foretelling the future. But it is more accurately when God's Spirit reveals something to one of His people, who knows when to pass it on to someone else. Prophecy is also understanding someone else through the revelation of God's Spirit, so that one is able to talk to God about them.
In other words, prophecy is talking to people on behalf of God and talking to God on behalf of people.
Here's how I explained prophecy's purpose of edification, exhortation, and comfort to the six- thru seventeen-year-old crowd:
♥ edification is to build up and encourage someone in a way that they feel stronger;
♥ exhortation is when you see that someone's strong enough to do something, and you give them a gentle push to help them get started in a way that helps them feel confident;
♥ comfort is when someone hurts, and you know what to say and what to not say so they don't hurt so much.
I am an indoor kinda' gal... There is one way to get me outside in the sun on a summer day and that's to promise me that we're going to pick blueberries.
~ Alise Wright
So begins a most delightful blog post—"Blueberry Pickin'." If you've not yet had the pleasure to stop by the blog Alise... Write, you've missed a gem.
Paul was used to record a word from God about love and prophecy. I made an effort to teach the prophecy blueprint to kids. And Alise illustrated the Scripture's spirit in a brief and beautiful way you really owe it to yourself to read. (You can get there from here.)
Lord Jesus, give us more love, and give us more desire to pass it along.
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