Romans 12 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 So brothers and sisters, since God has shown us great mercy, I beg you to offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to him, which is the spiritual way for you to worship. 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 Do not change yourselves to be like the people of this world, but be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect. 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 Because God has given me a special gift, I have something to say to everyone among you. Do not think you are better than you are. You must decide what you really are by the amount of faith God has given you. 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 Each one of us has a body with many parts, and these parts all have different uses. 4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,
5 In the same way, we are many, but in Christ we are all one body. Each one is a part of that body, and each part belongs to all the other parts. 5 so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
6 We all have different gifts, each of which came because of the grace God gave us. The person who has the gift of prophecy should use that gift in agreement with the faith. 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 Anyone who has the gift of serving should serve. Anyone who has the gift of teaching should teach. 7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach;
8 Whoever has the gift of encouraging others should encourage. Whoever has the gift of giving to others should give freely. Anyone who has the gift of being a leader should try hard when he leads. Whoever has the gift of showing mercy to others should do so with joy. 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 Your love must be real. Hate what is evil, and hold on to what is good. 9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
10 Love each other like brothers and sisters. Give each other more honor than you want for yourselves. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
11 Do not be lazy but work hard, serving the Lord with all your heart. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
12 Be joyful because you have hope. Be patient when trouble comes, and pray at all times. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
13 Share with God's people who need help. Bring strangers in need into your homes. 13 Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Wish good for those who harm you; wish them well and do not curse them. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
15 Be happy with those who are happy, and be sad with those who are sad. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
16 Live in peace with each other. Do not be proud, but make friends with those who seem unimportant. Do not think how smart you are. 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 If someone does wrong to you, do not pay him back by doing wrong to him. Try to do what everyone thinks is right. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.
18 Do your best to live in peace with everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
19 My friends, do not try to punish others when they wrong you, but wait for God to punish them with his anger. It is written: "I will punish those who do wrong; I will repay them," says the Lord. 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 But you should do this: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink. Doing this will be like pouring burning coals on his head." 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 Do not let evil defeat you, but defeat evil by doing good. 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.