Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives—especially the ability to prophesy.
1 Corinthians 14:1 NLT
And the same is true for you. Since you are so eager to have the special abilities the Spirit gives, seek those that will strengthen the whole church.
1 Corinthians 14:12 NLT
In 1 Corinthians 13 Paul tells how if we do anything without love, we are failing. Here he is saying again that love is the most important thing. It should be our highest goal and therefore our driving force. All the spiritual gifts are useful only when they are used with love. In fact, love should be the determinant in how we use them.
Any gifts which I have are not for my benefit. I am given them for one reason alone – to help and benefit others. That is how I should and must use them.