Suffering is a part of life that we all deal with to differing degrees. It will come inevitably to all of us. How are we to persevere? The author of Hebrews suggests that apart from real, faith-filled, Christ-centered, eternity-focused community, it is impossible. In community we suffer together and in community we persevere together.
Paul takes up spiritual gifts. Much like in the time of Corinth, today spiritual gifts are sources of division within the church body instead of unifying sources of grace and blessing. Every believer has a gift and it was given for the “common good.” We should not deprive the people of God of our gifts, but use them in love.