1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies
a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your
mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think
of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to understand with a sound mind, as
God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same
5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.
6 But having different gifts according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if
prophecy, according to the proportion of faith;
7 or ministry, in ministering; he who teaches, in teaching;
8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with simplicity; he who leads, with
diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cleave to what is good.
10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, leading the way before one
another in honor;
11 not slothful in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
12 rejoicing in hope, patient in affliction, continuing steadfastly in prayer;
13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but
associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.
18 If it is possible, as for yourself, be at peace with all men.
19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written,
Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord.
20 Therefore if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in
so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.