Romans 12

Romans 12

A Living Sacrifice
1 # 1 Cor. 1:10; 2 Cor. 10:1; Eph. 4:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers,#12:1 Or brothers and sisters by the mercies of God, #ch. 6:13, 16, 19; [Ps. 50:13, 14; 1 Cor. 6:20]; See 1 Pet. 2:5 to present your bodies #Heb. 10:20as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.#12:1 Or your rational service 2#1 Pet. 1:14; [1 John 2:15] Do not be conformed to this world,#12:2 Greek age but be transformed by #Titus 3:5; [Ps. 51:10; 2 Cor. 4:16; Eph. 4:23; Col. 3:10] the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may #Eph. 5:10; 1 Thess. 4:3discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.#12:2 Or what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God
Gifts of Grace
3For #See ch. 1:5 by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you #ver. 16; ch. 11:20 not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, #1 Cor. 7:17 each according to #Eph. 4:7the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4For #1 Cor. 12:12-14; Eph. 4:4, 16as in one body we have many members,#12:4 Greek parts; also verse 5 and the members do not all have the same function, 5so we, #1 Cor. 10:17, 33 though many, #1 Cor. 12:20; Eph. 4:13; See John 17:11 are one body in Christ, and individually #Eph. 4:25; [1 Cor. 6:15; 12:27]members one of another. 6#1 Cor. 12:4; 1 Pet. 4:10, 11; [1 Cor. 7:7; 12:7-11] Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if #1 Cor. 12:10; See Acts 13:1 prophecy, #[2 Tim. 2:15]in proportion to our faith; 7if #See Acts 6:1service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; #1 Tim. 5:17; [1 Cor. 12:28] the one who leads,#12:8 Or gives aid with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with #2 Cor. 9:7cheerfulness.
Marks of the True Christian
9 # 2 Cor. 6:6; 1 Tim. 1:5; 1 Pet. 1:22 Let love be genuine. #Ps. 97:10; 101:3; Amos 5:15; [1 Thess. 5:21, 22]Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10#See Heb. 13:1 Love one another with brotherly affection. #ch. 13:7; Phil. 2:3; 1 Pet. 2:17Outdo one another in showing honor. 11Do not be slothful in zeal, #Acts 18:25 be fervent in spirit,#12:11 Or fervent in the Spirit #Acts 20:19serve the Lord. 12#See ch. 5:2 Rejoice in hope, #See Heb. 10:36 be patient in tribulation, #See Acts 1:14be constant in prayer. 13#ch. 15:25; 1 Cor. 16:1, 15; 2 Cor. 9:1, 12; Heb. 6:10; 13:16; [1 Tim. 6:18] Contribute to the needs of the saints and #See Matt. 25:35seek to show hospitality.
14 # See Matt. 5:44; 1 Pet. 3:9 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15#1 Cor. 12:26; [Job 30:25; Heb. 13:3]Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16#ch. 15:5; 2 Cor. 13:11; Phil. 2:2; 4:2; 1 Pet. 3:8 Live in harmony with one another. #ver. 3; Ps. 131:1; Jer. 45:5 Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.#12:16 Or give yourselves to humble tasks #ch. 11:25; Prov. 3:7Never be wise in your own sight. 17#Prov. 20:22; Matt. 5:39; [ch. 14:19] Repay no one evil for evil, but #2 Cor. 8:21; [ch. 14:16]give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18If possible, so far as it depends on you, #See Mark 9:50live peaceably with all. 19Beloved, #Prov. 20:22; Matt. 5:39; [ch. 14:19] never avenge yourselves, but leave it#12:19 Greek give place to the wrath of God, for it is written, #Heb. 10:30; Cited from Deut. 32:35; [Ps. 94:1; 1 Thess. 4:6]“Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20To the contrary, #Cited from Prov. 25:21, 22; [Ex. 23:4, 5; 2 Kgs. 6:22; Luke 6:27]“if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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