v.1 & v.3 – ‘Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. … But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.’
We are to eagerly desire this gift of encouragement or prophecy. Paul has distinguished this gift here from words of revelation, knowledge or instruction. This is about prophecy, which is a word of encouragement to build one another up within the church.
Let us remember to ask God to give us words of encouragement for other Christians so that we can strengthen, encourage and comfort them. What a true blessing we could be to one another if we did this.
Father God, thank you that you desire to strengthen, encourage and comfort me. Help me to remember to ask for your words of encouragement for other people and then to be willing to share these in order that your church may be built up. Amen.