Spiritual Gifts Descriptions
The work of the Holy Spirit is an awesome mystery for us. Because of the way these spiritual gifts are given to us and manifested in individuals, it is better to provide a description rather than a narrow, one-size-fits-all definition. Like the spiritual gifts assessment, these descriptions are not definitive but paint a beautiful tapestry of the Holy Spirit at work in God’s people.
The spiritual gift that enables the receiver to see the Spirit at work and to trust the Spirit’s leading without indication of where it might lead.
People with this gift are usually: prayerful, optimistic, trusting, assured, positive, inspiring, hopeful.
Cautions for people with this gift: remembering that those who speak with reason and desire to plan do not necessarily lack faith; jumping to action.
Biblical references: Mark 5:25–34, Genesis 12:1–4a, 1 Thessalonians 1:8–10
Adapted from Gifts for You: Opening Your Spiritual Gifts and used here with permission. Copyright © 2011 Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Written by Valora K Starr. www.womenoftheelca.org/filebin/pdf/resources/SpiritualGifts.pdf