Romans 12:3-21 NIV

3 For by the grace given me1 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.

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4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,2

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5 so in Christ we who are many form one body,3 and each member belongs to all the others.

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6 We have different gifts,4 according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying,5 let him use it in proportion to hisa faith.6

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    • b 12:6 - Or "in agreement with the"
      7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach;7

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      8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage;8 if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously;9 if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

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      9 Love must be sincere.10 Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.11

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      10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.12 Honor one another above yourselves.13

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      11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor,14 serving the Lord.

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      12 Be joyful in hope,15 patient in affliction,16 faithful in prayer.17

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      13 Share with God's people who are in need.18 Practice hospitality.19

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      14 Bless those who persecute you;20 bless and do not curse.

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      15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.21

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      16 Live in harmony with one another.22 Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.b Do not be conceited.23

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        • c 12:16 - Or "willing to do menial work"
          17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil.24 Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.25

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          18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.26

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          19 Do not take revenge,27 my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"c28 says the Lord.

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          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."d29

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          21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.