Therefore, I urge you,1 brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices,2 holy and pleasing to God--this is your spirituala act of worship.
Do not conform3 any longer to the pattern of this world,4 but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.5 Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is6--his good, pleasing7 and perfect will.
For by the grace given me8 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.
Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,95
so in Christ we who are many form one body,10 and each member belongs to all the others.
We have different gifts,11 according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying,12 let him use it in proportion to hisb faith.137
If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach;148
if it is encouraging, let him encourage;15 if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously;16 if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
Love must be sincere.17 Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.1810
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.19 Honor one another above yourselves.2011
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor,21 serving the Lord.
Be joyful in hope,22 patient in affliction,23 faithful in prayer.2413
Share with God's people who are in need.25 Practice hospitality.2614
Bless those who persecute you;27 bless and do not curse.
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.2816
Live in harmony with one another.29 Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.c Do not be conceited.3017
Do not repay anyone evil for evil.31 Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.3218
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.3319
Do not take revenge,34 my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"d35 says the Lord.
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."e3621
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.