I urge you, dear friends, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice – holy and pleasing to him – because it’s your logical duty. Don’t follow the way of the world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind. Then you’ll know and understand that God’s will for you is good, pleasant and perfect.

Because of the grace God’s given me, I need to say to each of you: don’t get inflated ideas about yourself. See yourself as you really are and understanding what gifts God’s given you. We’ve all got one body, but it has many parts, and each part’s got its own particular function. It’s just the same with Christ’s body, the church. There’s only body – we’re the members of it, and thus are all joined together.

We all have different gifts, according to what we’ve been given. If your gift is prophecy, then prophesy in accord with your faith. If your gift is serving others, then serve them well. If it’s teaching, then do that. If your gift is encouragement, then be encouraging. If it’s giving, then be generous. If it’s leading, then do it faithfully. If it’s helping, do it cheerfully.

Your love must be genuine. Hate what is evil. Hang on what’s good. Be kind to each other because you are brothers, and treat each other with respect. Don’t become slack, but retain your enthusiasm. Let your hope keep you happy. Endure any affliction. Remain faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people in need, and practice hospitality.

Bless people who persecute you. Yes, bless – don’t curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be proud, but enjoy the company of those in low positions. And don’t be conceited.

Don’t repay evil for evil. Do the things that everyone knows are right, and try to live in peace with everyone.

Dear friends, never take revenge, but leave the situation to God, because it’s written: “Justice is mine; I will repay,” says the Lord.

No. What you should do is to feed your enemy if he’s are hungry, and give him a drink if he’s thirsty. And by behaving this way, you might manage to prick his conscience.”

So, don’t let evil overcome you, but overcome evil with good!


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