(1 Corinthians 14:10-17) – “…since you are eager…”
Some of the issues being created in the church were due to the eagerness of the people.
Sometime when we’re over-zealous, we don’t end up doing what’s best.
Paul wanted them to channel their eagerness to manifest the Spirit of God (a good desire) and funnel that energy towards edifying other believers (which is the purpose of the gifts).
When handling tough situations like this, it’s important for leaders to communicate truth lovingly. They also need to be able to bring illustrations, questions, and comments to bear on that truth in order to make it as simple as possible.
Paul is a great example of this. We need to keep the main thing the main thing.
We can’t get too caught up in the intricacies of practical theology if by doing so we completely miss the point. That seems to be what happened with the Corinthians.
Paul wanted them to love each other, pursue love and edification, and then the other things would get figured out.
God’s wisdom makes sense, and it should lead us to do things that make sense and create order. Human wisdom leads to disorder. So don’t be that way…