A Living Sacrifice
1Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of 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 true worship.#12:1 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 proportion of one’s#12:6 Or the, also in v. 19 faith; 7if service,#Ac 6:1; 1Co 12:28 use it 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
9Let love be without hypocrisy.#2Co 6:6; 1Tm 1:5 Detest evil;#1Th 5:21–22 cling to what is good. 10Love one another deeply as brothers and sisters.#Jn 13:34; 1Th 4:9; Heb 13:1; 2Pt 1:7 Take the lead in honoring one another.#Rm 13:7; Php 2:3; 1Pt 2:17 11Do not lack diligence in zeal; be fervent in the Spirit;#12:11 Or 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;#Jb 30:25; Heb 13:3 weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony 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 Give careful thought to do what is honorable#2Co 8:21 in everyone’s eyes. 18If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.#Mk 9:50; Rm 14:19 19Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for God’s wrath, because it is written, Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay,#12:19Dt 32:35#Dt 32:35; Ps 94:1; 1Th 4:6; Heb 10:30 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. # 12:20 Pr 25:21–22 # 2Kg 6:22; Pr 25:21–22
21Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.
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