The key to the gifts of the Spirit operating is that there is a sensitivity to Holy Spirit.
Holy Spirit imparts love and it is in the environment of love that the gifts of the Spirit flow. Paul's well known chapter on love (1 Corinthians 13) is sandwiched between 2 chapters dealing with the gifts of the Spirit. On 1 Corinthians 14:1 he says, "Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit,"
Holy Spirit inspires hope. The gifts of the Spirit are given to build up the body of Christ. As the writer to the Hebrews puts it, "let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,"
Holy Spirit gives freedom. "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." (2 Corinthians 3:17) And where there is freedom, there is a liberty for the gifts to flow.
Our sensitivity to the prompting of Holy Spirit should be the same as the sensitivity Jesus had for His Father. “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does." (John 5:19)
As we go about our daily routine today, let's prioritize being sensitive to Holy Spirit at all times.
Mike and Daphne