4For (J)just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function,
5so we, (K)who are many, are (L)one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
6Since we have gifts that (M)differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if (N)prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith;
7if (O)service, in his serving; or he who (P)teaches, in his teaching;
8or he who (Q)exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with [a](R)liberality; (S)he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with (T)cheerfulness.
9Let (U)love be without hypocrisy (V)Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.
10Be (W)devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another (X)in honor;
11not lagging behind in diligence, (Y)fervent in spirit, (Z)serving the Lord;
12(AA)rejoicing in hope, (AB)persevering in tribulation, (AC)devoted to prayer,
13(AD)contributing to the needs of the saints, (AE)practicing hospitality.
14(AF)Bless those who persecute [b]you; bless and do not curse.
15(AG)Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
16(AH)Be of the same mind toward one another; (AI)do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly (AJ)Do not be wise in your own estimation.
17(AK)Never pay back evil for evil to anyone (AL)Respect what is right in the sight of all men.
18If possible, (AM)so far as it depends on you, (AN)be at peace with all men.
19(AO)Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "(AP)VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord.
20"(AQ)BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD."
21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
WOW! There is so much here to be challenged by. If every Christian were living out these verses the church would be transformed dramatically. I am challenged to use my giftings to do what God has intended for me. The two areas I feel God has gifted me and is calling me to are 7if (O)service, in his serving; or he who (P)teaches, in his teaching; May God bless the giftings HE HAS PROVIDED...and may I always acknowledge they are from him. Amen!