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A Living Sacrifice
1Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you # 1Co 1:10; 2Co 10:2; Eph 4:1; 1Pt 2:11 to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, # Rm 6:13,16,19; 1Co 6:20; Heb 13:15; 1Pt 2:5 holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. # Or your reasonable service 2Do not be conformed # 1Pt 1:14 to this age, # Mt 13:22; Gl 1:4; 1Jn 2:15 but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, # Eph 4:23; Ti 3:5 so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will # Eph 5:10,17; Col 1:9 of God.
Many Gifts but One Body
3For by the grace # Rm 1:5; 15:15; 1Co 3:10; 15:10; Gl 2:9; Eph 3:7-8 given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. # Rm 11:20 Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith # 1Co 7:17; 2Co 10:13; Eph 4:7; 1Pt 4:11 to each one. 4Now as we have many parts in one body, # 1Co 12:12-14; Eph 4:4,16 and all the parts do not have the same function, 5in the same way we who are many # 1Co 10:17,23 are one body in Christ # 1Co 12:20,27; Eph 4:12,25 and individually members of one another. 6According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts: # 1Co 7:7; 12:4; 1Pt 4:10-11
If prophecy, # Ac 13:1; 1Co 12:10
use it according to the standard of one’s # Or the faith;
7if service, # Ac 6:1; 1Co 12:28 in service;
if teaching, # Ac 13:1; 1Co 14:26 in teaching;
8if exhorting, # Ac 4:36; 11:23; 13:15 in exhortation;
giving, with generosity; # 2Co 8:2; 9:11,13
leading, # 1Co 12:28; 1Tm 5:17 with diligence;
showing mercy, with cheerfulness. # 2Co 9:7
Christian Ethics
9Love must be without hypocrisy. # 2Co 6:6; 1Tm 1:5 Detest evil; # 1Th 5:21-22 cling to what is good. 10Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. # Jn 13:34; 1Th 4:9; Heb 13:1; 2Pt 1:7 Outdo one another in showing honor. # Rm 13:7; Php 2:3; 1Pt 2:17 11Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; # Ac 18:25 serve the Lord. # Ac 20:19 12Rejoice in hope; # Rm 5:2 be patient in affliction; # Heb 10:32,36 be persistent in prayer. # Ac 1:14 13Share with the saints in their needs; # Rm 15:25; 1Co 16:15; 2Co 9:1; Heb 6:10 pursue hospitality. # Mt 25:35; 1Tm 3:2 14Bless those who persecute you; # Mt 5:44; Lk 6:22; 1Co 4:12 bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice; # Job 30:25; Heb 13:3 weep with those who weep. 16Be in agreement with one another. # Rm 15:5; 2Co 13:11; Php 2:2; 4:2; 1Pt 3:8 Do not be proud; # Rm 11:20 instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation. # Rm 11:25; Pr 3:7 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. # Pr 20:22; 24:29 Try to do what is honorable # 2Co 8:21 in everyone’s eyes. 18If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone. # Mk 9:50; Rm 14:19 19Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for His # Lit the wrath. For it is written: Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay, # Dt 32:35; Ps 94:1; 1Th 4:6; Heb 10:30 # Dt 32:35 says the Lord. 20But
If your enemy is hungry, feed him. # Mt 5:44; Lk 6:27
If he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
For in so doing
you will be heaping fiery coals on his head. # 2Kg 6:22; Pr 25:21-22 # Pr 25:21-22
21Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.

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