12Â Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of Godâ€™s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to Godâ€”this is your true and proper worship. 2Â Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what Godâ€™s will isâ€”his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Humble Service in the Body of Christ
3Â For by the grace given me 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. 4Â For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5Â so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.6Â We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7Â if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8Â if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
9Â Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10Â Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11Â Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.12Â Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13Â Share with the Lordâ€™s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14Â Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15Â Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.16Â Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
17Â Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18Â If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19Â Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for Godâ€™s wrath, for it is written: â€œIt is mine to avenge; I will repay,â€ says the Lord. 20Â On the contrary:
â€œIf 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.â€
21Â Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
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