A Living Sacrifice
1+ I appeal to you therefore, brothers,+ by the mercies of God, + to present your bodies + as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.+ 2+ Do not be conformed to this world,+ but be transformed by + the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may + discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.+
Gifts of Grace
3For + by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you + not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, + each according to + the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4For + as in one body we have many members,+ and the members do not all have the same function, 5so we, + though many, + are one body in Christ, and individually + members one of another. 6+ Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if + prophecy, + in proportion to our faith; 7if + service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; + the one who leads,+ with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with + cheerfulness.
Marks of the True Christian
9+ Let love be genuine. + Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10+ Love one another with brotherly affection. + Outdo one another in showing honor. 11Do not be slothful in zeal, + be fervent in spirit,+ + serve the Lord. 12+ Rejoice in hope, + be patient in tribulation, + be constant in prayer. 13+ Contribute to the needs of the saints and + seek to show hospitality.
14+ Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15+ Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16+ Live in harmony with one another. + Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.+ + Never be wise in your own sight. 17+ Repay no one evil for evil, but + give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18If possible, so far as it depends on you, + live peaceably with all. 19Beloved, + never avenge yourselves, but leave it+ to the wrath of God, for it is written, + “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20To the contrary, + “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.