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Romans 12 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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A Living Sacrifice to God
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:1 - And so, dear brothers and sisters,[fn] I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:2 - Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:3 - Because of the privilege and authority[fn] God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:4 - Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function,
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:5 - so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:6 - In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:7 - If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:8 - If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:9 - Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:10 - Love each other with genuine affection,[fn] and take delight in honoring each other.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:11 - Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:12 - Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:13 - When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:14 - Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:15 - Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:16 - Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:17 - Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:18 - Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:19 - Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,
“I will take revenge;
I will pay them back,”[fn]
says the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:20 - Instead,
“If your enemies are hungry, feed them.
If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap
burning coals of shame on their heads.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxRom 12:21 - Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.
NLT Footnotes
Greek brothers.
Or This is your spiritual worship; or This is your reasonable service.
Or Because of the grace; compare 1:5.
Or by the faith God has given you; or by the standard of our God-given faith.
Greek with brotherly love.
Or but serve the Lord with a zealous spirit; or but let the Spirit excite you as you serve the Lord.
Deut 32:35.
Prov 25:21-22.

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