This weekend Harvey our teaching pastor spoke on spiritual gifts from Ephesians 4 and 1 Corinthians 12.
I noticed that each of the gifts (and we can argue all day long about which ones are "still around") all point to something that God is passionate about. Obvious perhaps, but I never made this observation before.
"7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines."
To summarize, most of the gifts have to do with the communication of TRUTH and the carrying out of HEALING. Our God is a God of both of these.