Below is a List of Spiritual gifts as defined by spiritual texts such as the Bible, and interpreted for use in the world today by people who are interested in increasing their spirituality, personal development and higher awareness of self.
We entertain a brief discussion on what the list contains, a spiritual Gift inventory, and why we might want to use our spiritual gifts in the first place.
A website on the best personal development books and resources out there would not be complete without including reviews on certain sacred texts.
As you review the list of spiritual gifts below, you can either
look for the references in the actual sacred texts and writings
themselves, or look for books where people have interpreted them, such
as Dr. Wayne Dyer, and his book “Change your Thoughts, Change
your life” which is based on his year-long journey of diving into the
understanding of the writings of the Tao Te Ching.
I believe we do not necessarily need to have faith in one particular religion in order to be spiritual. I also think that regardless of religion, some “sacred” texts can be studied and wisdom learned, outside the religions that are based on them.
I understand as well that
there is much controversy about the bible meaning and origin of this
list of spiritual gifts across churches and denominations. Please take
this information in the light with which it is intended: as a guide to
build up and add to personal development resources for individual
growth, not as a controversy about religion. Which religion is right or
wrong is outside the scope of the intention of this article.
This list of spiritual gifts is from the Bible, Romans 12:6-8 and includes a list of seven spiritual gifts. Some others make a list of nine spiritual gifts that appear in other places in the Bible. In our spiritual gift inventory, we have only included seven.
The words “Spiritual Gifts” comes from the Greek words charismata (gifts) and pneumatika (spirits). They are the plural forms of the words charisma which means “expression of grace” and pneumatikon which means "expression of Spirit." Why are these important? This list of spiritual gifts is meant to be something we are said to receive from the Holy Spirit. The gifts are also referred to as “god-given graces”. The list of spiritual gifts is meant to be used by the person to serve other people as a whole, and spread the good works of God.
These gifts are given as a result of grace, not because of merit or having earned them. So I don’t believe they can or will be “taken away” so to speak, if we do not use them, or recognize that they even exist. However, if you’ve read this far, you’re obviously interested in personal development in some way, shape or form. So that said, I believe that with self awareness, we can develop a higher awareness of what our gifts might be, by going through the list of spiritual gifts below.
Exhortation: to counsel, guide and consol and encourage
someone with words to help them realize their potential is unlimited,
as their source is infinite
Giving: sharing not only material gifts but intangibles such as energy, time, prayer and love with others liberally and of own free will, without requiring a thank you, or something in return
Leadership: the ability to motivate others to get involved in the accomplishment of specific goals and or outcomes
Teaching: to instruct others in a cohesive, systematic way in order to communicate relevant, accurate information for true understanding and personal growth
Prophesying: to speak of the wise words from sacred text, and encourage other to learn from it.
Mercy: a sensitivity and feeling of compassion towards others, and their challenges and suffering, to offer comfort and words of encouragement to help ease their burden, whether it is physical, mental or emotional, and helping them with actions that come from a place of love
Service:to do good work to provide either material goods or services to others to meet their needs, may include imparting wisdom or lessons learned from experience, or sharing of specific expertise or knowledge.
As we educate ourselves on what our gifts mean, we will then be in a position to develop them. As everything comes from the same source, natural talents and abilities can also be said to be from God, although we differentiate them here, as we are discussing the sacred texts, and how they define “spiritual gifts”. However, the Bible scripture in this instance does not teach that we may be more or less “spiritual” as a result of using our gifts.
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