Romans 12 TNIV

A Living Sacrifice

1 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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2 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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Humble Service in the Body of Christ

3 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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4 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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5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body,10 and each member belongs to all the others.

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6 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 youra faith;13

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7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;14

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8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement;15 if it is giving, then give generously;16 if it is to lead,b do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

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    • b 12:8 - Or "to provide for others"

      Love in Action

      9 Love must be sincere.17 Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.18

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      10 Be devoted to one another in love.19 Honor one another above yourselves.20

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      11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor,21 serving the Lord.

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      12 Be joyful in hope,22 patient in affliction,23 faithful in prayer.24

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      13 Share with the Lord's people who are in need.25 Practice hospitality.26

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      14 Bless those who persecute you;27 bless and do not curse.

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      15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.28

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      16 Live in harmony with one another.29 Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.c Do not think you are superior.30

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        • c 12:16 - Or "willing to do menial work"
          17 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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          18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.33

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          19 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,"d35 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."e36

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