Paul continues his address to the Corinthian church by illustrating the importance of using the gifts wisely (tongues and prophecy specifically) so all in the church may benefit. May we also understand the power of the prophetic gift in the witness of the church to the unbeliever.
Paul presents the means through which all gifts of the Spirit should be demonstrated, and speaks of the primacy of agape love above all gifts. We can also understand that Jesus Christ is the embodiment of divine love, in that God IS love.
The Apostle Paul addresses the disunity in the Corinthian church resulting from their ignorance regarding spiritual gifts. We are encouraged to acknowledge the work of the Holy Spirit in the strengthening and blessing of the church body.