The gifts of the Spirit almost instantly cause strong debate no matter where you go or to whom you talk. The subject holds such strong opinion among Christians that many have broken off relationship because of it. This ought not to be.
When the word begins to define the gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians, Paul was trying to put some guidelines and balance to a situation that was going on in the church at that time. The issue was that the gifts were in full operation and needed to have some boundaries to keep them in check. Yet in today’s church we rarely see them in operation and read the word with such disbelief and misunderstanding of them that many doubt their existence at all.
The gifts of God’s Holy Spirit are indeed alive and active today. They are not a forgotten blessing by God and they are available to the church for the strengthening of the church today just like in the times of Paul.