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Romans 12

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God's mercies must move us to please God.

12:1 Therefore I urge you, brothers, by the mercies of God,
  to present your bodies a living sacrifice, * Ps 51:17
  holy, acceptable to God,
  which is your spiritual service.

12:2 Donít be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God.

No man must think too well of himself;

12:3 For I say, through the grace that was given me,
  to every man who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; * Gen 3:19 * 2Sam 7:8
  but to think reasonably,
  as God has apportioned to each person a measure of faith.

12:4 For even as we have many members in one body, and all the members donít have the same function,

12:5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

but everyone attend on that calling wherein he is placed.

12:6 Having gifts differing according to the grace that was given to us, if prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of our faith;

12:7 or service, let us give ourselves to service; or he who teaches, to his teaching;

12:8 or he who exhorts, to his exhorting: he who gives, let him do it with liberality; he who rules, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Love, and many other duties are required of us.

12:9 Let love be without hypocrisy.
  Abhor that which is evil.
  Cling to that which is good.

12:10 In love of the brothers be tenderly affectionate one to another; in honor preferring one another; * Psalm 133:1

12:11 not lagging in diligence; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

12:12 rejoicing in hope; enduring in troubles; continuing steadfastly in prayer;

12:13 contributing to the needs of the saints; given to hospitality.

12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless, and donít curse.

12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice. Weep with those who weep.

12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another.

Donít set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble.

Donít be wise in your own conceits.

12:17 Repay no one evil for evil.

Respect what is honorable in the sight of all men.

12:18 If it is possible, as much as it is up to you, be at peace with all men.

Revenge is especially forbidden.

12:19 Donít seek revenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to Godís wrath. For it is written,

ďVengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord.Ē * Deut 32:35

12:20 Therefore

ďIf your enemy is hungry, feed him.

If he is thirsty, give him a drink;

for in doing so, you will heap coals of fire on his head.Ē * Prov 25:21

12:21 Donít be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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