Romans 12 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice -- the kind he will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask? 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 copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is. 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 As God's messenger, I give each of you this warning: Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much 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 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,
5 so it is with Christ's body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others. 5 so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
6 God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out when you have faith that God is speaking through you. 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 your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. 7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach;
8 If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. 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 Don't just pretend that you love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good. 9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
11 Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
12 Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and always be prayerful. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
13 When God's children are in need, be the one to help them out. And get into the habit of inviting guests home for dinner or, if they need lodging, for the night. 13 Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 If people persecute you because you are a Christian, don't curse them; pray that God will bless them. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
15 When others are happy, be happy with them. If they are sad, share their sorrow. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
16 Live in harmony with each other. Don't try to act important, but enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don't think you know it all! 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 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.
18 Do your part to live in peace with everyone, as much as possible. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
19 Dear friends, never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God. For it is written, "I will take vengeance; I will repay those who deserve it," 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 Instead, do what the Scriptures say: "If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink, and they will be ashamed of what they have done to you." 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, but conquer evil by doing good. 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.