A Living Sacrifice1 Therefore ▼
▼brother(s): The Greek word adelphoi can be used as a reference to males only or to groups that include males and females. It is the context of each usage that determines the proper meaning.brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you b to present your bodies as a living sacrifice c holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. ▼
▼Or your reasonable service2Do not be conformed e to this age, f but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, g so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will h of God.
Many Gifts but One Body3 For by the grace i given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. j Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith k to each one. 4 Now as we have many parts in one body l and all the parts do not have the same function, 5in the same way we who are many m are one body in Christ n and individually members of one another. 6According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts: oIf prophecy, p
use it according to the standard of one’s ▼
7 if service r in service;
if teaching s in teaching;
8 if exhorting t in exhortation;
giving, with generosity; u
leading v with diligence;
showing mercy, with cheerfulness. w
Christian Ethics9 Love must be without hypocrisy. x Detest evil; y cling to what is good. 10Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. z Outdo one another in showing honor. aa 11Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; ab serve the Lord. ac 12 Rejoice in hope; ad be patient in affliction; ae be persistent in prayer. af 13Share with the ▼
▼saint(s)/sanctification/sanctify/sanctified: The work of the Holy Spirit that separates believers in Jesus from the world; at the time of saving faith in Jesus, the believer is made a saint; therefore, all believers are saints. The believer participates with the Spirit in a process of transformation that continues until glorification. The goal of sanctification is progressive conformity to the image of Jesus Christ.saints in their needs; ah pursue hospitality. ai 14 Bless those who persecute you; aj bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; ak weep with those who weep. 16Be in agreement with one another. al Do not be proud; am instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation. an 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. ao Try to do what is honorable ap in everyone’s eyes. 18 If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone. aq 19 Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for His ▼
▼Lit thewrath. For it is written: Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay, as , at says the Lord. 20 ButIf your enemy is hungry, feed him. au
If he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
For in so doing
you will be heaping fiery coals on his head. av , aw
21Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.
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