6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection,[e] and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.[f] 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
Paul first discusses the various spiritual gifts that God blesses people with. It’s important to me that Paul didn’t say, “Yay for you!” No! The gifts that God has blessed us with are supposed to bne used to SERVE and GLORIFY God.
Then Paul really gives a lot of advice. He discusses is the importance in loving others. It made me think of when I do a weak job of really loving someone – really being patient with them and affectionate. How often do I dedicate the work that I do to serving God? And not just serving God, but serving Him passionately, enthusiastically and joyfully.