A Life Dedicated to God
1 Therefore I exhort you, brothers, through the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service. 2And do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, so that you may approve what is the good and well-pleasing and perfect will of God.
A Variety of Gifts in the Body of Christ
3For by the grace given to me I say to everyone who is among you not to think more highly of yourself than what one ought to think, but to think sensibly#Literally “so as to be sensible”, as God has apportioned a measure of faith to each one. 4For just as in one body we have many members, but all the members do not have the same function, 5in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually#Literally “with respect to one” members of one another, 6but having different gifts according to the grace given to us: if it is prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; 7if it is service, by service; if it is one who teaches, by teaching; 8if it is one who exhorts, by exhortation; one who gives, with sincerity; one who leads, with diligence; one who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
Living in Love
9Love must be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; be attached to what is good, 10being devoted to one another in brotherly love, esteeming one another more highly in honor, 11not lagging in diligence, being enthusiastic in spirit, serving the Lord, 12rejoicing in hope, enduring in affliction, being devoted to prayer, 13contributing to the needs of the saints, pursuing hospitality.
14Bless those who persecute,#Some manuscripts have “who persecute you” bless and do not curse them. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. 16Think the same thing toward one another; do not think arrogantly#Literally “think not the arrogant”, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own sight#Literally “in the sight of yourselves”. 17Pay back no one evil for evil. Take thought for what is good in the sight of all people. 18If it is possible on your part, be at peace with all people. 19Do not take revenge yourselves, dear friends, but give place to God’s wrath, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,”#A quotation from Deut 32:35 says the Lord. 20But “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by#*Here “by” is supplied as a component of the participle (“doing”) which is understood as means doing this, you will heap up coals of fire upon his head.”#A quotation from Prov 25:21–22 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
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