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Romans 12 :: New International Version (NIV)

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A Living Sacrifice

Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:1 - Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:2 - 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 God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Humble Service in the Body of Christ

Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:3 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:4 - For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:5 - so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:6 - We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[fn] faith;
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:7 - if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:8 - if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[fn] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Love in Action

Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:9 - Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:10 - Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:11 - Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:12 - Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:13 - Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:14 - Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:15 - Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:16 - Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[fn] Do not be conceited.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:17 - Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:18 - If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:19 - Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[fn] says the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:20 - On the contrary: “If 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.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:21 - Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
NIV Footnotes
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Or to provide for others
Or willing to do menial work
Deut. 32:35
Prov. 25:21,22

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