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Romans 12 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Brothers and sisters, God has shown you his mercy. So I am asking you to offer up your bodies to him while you are still alive. Your bodies are a holy sacrifice that is pleasing to God. When you offer your bodies to God, you are worshiping 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 live any longer the way this world lives. Let your way of thinking be completely changed. Then you will be able to test what God wants for you. And you will agree that what he wants is right. His plan is good and pleasing and 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 God's grace has been given to me. So here is what I say to every one of you. Don't think of yourself more highly than you should. Be reasonable when you think about yourself. Keep in mind 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 of us has one body with many parts. And the parts do not all have the same purpose. 4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,
5 So also we are many persons. But in Christ we are one body. And each part of the body 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 gifts. They differ in keeping with the grace that God has given each of us. Do you have the gift of prophecy? Then use it in keeping with the faith you have. 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 Is it your gift to serve? Then serve. Is it teaching? Then teach. 7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach;
8 Is it telling others how they should live? Then tell them. Is it giving to those who are in need? Then give freely. Is it being a leader? Then work hard at it. Is it showing mercy? Then do it cheerfully. 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 must be honest and true. Hate what is evil. Hold on to what is good. 9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
10 Love each other deeply. Honor others more than yourselves. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
11 Never let the fire in your heart go out. Keep it alive. Serve the Lord. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
12 When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray, be faithful. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
13 Share with God's people who are in need. Welcome others into your homes. 13 Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who hurt you. Bless them, and do not call down curses on them. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
15 Be joyful with those who are joyful. Be sad with those who are sad. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
16 Agree with each other. Don't be proud. Be willing to be a friend of people who aren't considered important. Don't think that you are better than others. 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 pay back evil with evil. Be careful 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 If possible, live in peace with everyone. Do that as much as you can. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
19 My friends, don't try to get even. Leave room for God to show his anger. It is written, "I am the One who judges people. I will pay them back,"#1(Deuteronomy 32:35)#2 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 Do just the opposite. Scripture says, "If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. By doing those things, you will pile up burning coals on their heads." #1(Proverbs 25:21,22)#2 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 overcome you. Overcome evil by doing good. 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.