A Living Sacrifice1 aI appeal to you therefore, brothers ▼
▼Or brothers and sistersby the mercies of God, cto present your bodies das a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. ▼
▼Or your rational service2 fDo not be conformed to this world ▼
▼Greek agebut be transformed by hthe renewal of your mind, that by testing you may idiscern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. ▼
▼Or what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God
Gifts of Grace3For kby the grace given to me I say to everyone among you lnot to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, meach according to nthe measure of faith that God has assigned. 4For oas in one body we have many members ▼
▼Greek parts; also verse 5and the members do not all have the same function, 5so we, qthough many, rare one body in Christ, and individually smembers one of another. 6 tHaving gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if uprophecy, vin proportion to our faith; 7if wservice, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; xthe one who leads ▼
▼Or gives aidwith zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with zcheerfulness.
Marks of the True Christian9 aaLet love be genuine. abAbhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 acLove one another with brotherly affection. adOutdo one another in showing honor. 11Do not be slothful in zeal, aebe fervent in spirit, ▼
▼Or fervent in the Spiritagserve the Lord. 12 ahRejoice in hope, aibe patient in tribulation, ajbe constant in prayer. 13 akContribute to the needs of the saints and alseek to show hospitality.
14 amBless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 anRejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 aoLive in harmony with one another. apDo not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. ▼
▼Or give yourselves to humble tasksarNever be wise in your own sight. 17 asRepay no one evil for evil, but atgive thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18If possible, so far as it depends on you, aulive peaceably with all. 19Beloved, avnever avenge yourselves, but leave it ▼
▼Greek give placeto the wrath of God, for it is written, ax“Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20To the contrary, ay“if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
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