Living Sacrifices to God
1I ⚓beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies ⚓a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
2And ⚓do not be conformed to this world, but ⚓be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may ⚓prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Serve God with Spiritual Gifts
3For I say, ⚓through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, ⚓not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt ⚓to each one a measure of faith.
4For ⚓as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,
5so ⚓we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.
6Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is ⚓given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us⚓prophesy in proportion to our faith;
7or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; ⚓he who teaches, in teaching;
8⚓he who exhorts, in exhortation; ⚓he who gives, with liberality; ⚓he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, ⚓with cheerfulness.
Behave Like a Christian
9⚓Let love be without hypocrisy. ⚓Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
10⚓Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, ⚓in honor giving preference to one another;
11not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
12⚓rejoicing in hope, ⚓patient in tribulation, ⚓continuing steadfastly in prayer;
13⚓distributing to the needs of the saints, ⚓given to hospitality.
14⚓Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
15⚓Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
16⚓Be of the same mind toward one another. ⚓Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
17⚓Repay no one evil for evil. ⚓Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.
18If it is possible, as much as depends on you, ⚓live peaceably with all men.
19Beloved, ⚓do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ⚓“Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
⚓“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
21Do not be overcome by evil, but ⚓overcome evil with good.