Therefore, I urge you,1 brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice,2 holy and pleasing to God--this is true worship.
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Do not conform3 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.
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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 faith God has distributed to each of you.
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For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,9
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so in Christ we, though many, form one body,10 and each member belongs to all the others.
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We have different gifts,11 according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying,12 then prophesy in accordance with your faith;13
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if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;14
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if it is to encourage, then give encouragement;15 if it is giving, then give generously;16 if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
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Love must be sincere.17 Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.18
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Be devoted to one another in love.19 Honor one another above yourselves.20
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Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor,21 serving the Lord.
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Be joyful in hope,22 patient in affliction,23 faithful in prayer.24
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Share with the Lord's people who are in need.25 Practice hospitality.26
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Bless those who persecute you;27 bless and do not curse.
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Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.28
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Live in harmony with one another.29 Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not think you are superior.30
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Do not repay anyone evil for evil.31 Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.32
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If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.33
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Do not take revenge,34 my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"35 says the Lord.
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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."36
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Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.