Romans 12 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life - your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life - and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. 1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship.
2 Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
3 I'm speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it's important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him. 3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
4 In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. 4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,
5 The body we're talking about is Christ's body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn't amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ's body, 5 so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
6 let's just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren't. If you preach, just preach God's Message, nothing else; 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.
7 if you help, just help, don't take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; 7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach;
8 if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don't get bossy; if you're put in charge, don't manipulate; if you're called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don't let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face. 8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
9 Love from the center of who you are; don't fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. 9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
10 Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
11 Don't burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
12 cheerfully expectant. Don't quit in hard times; pray all the harder. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
13 Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality. 13 Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
15 Laugh with your happy friends when they're happy; share tears when they're down. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
16 Get along with each other; don't be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don't be the great somebody. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
17 Don't hit back; discover beauty in everyone. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.
18 If you've got it in you, get along with everybody. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
19 Don't insist on getting even; that's not for you to do. "I'll do the judging," says God. "I'll take care of it." 19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord.
20 Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he's thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. 20 On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head."
21 Don't let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good. 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.