A Living Sacrifice
1Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you 1Co 1:10; 2Co 10:2; Eph 4:1; 1Pt 2:11 to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, Rm 6:13,16,19; 1Co 6:20; Heb 13:15; 1Pt 2:5 holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Or your reasonable service
2Do not be conformed 1Pt 1:14 to this age, Mt 13:22; Gl 1:4; 1Jn 2:15 but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, Eph 4:23; Ti 3:5 so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will Eph 5:10,17; Col 1:9 of God.
Many Gifts but One Body
3For by the grace Rm 1:5; 15:15; 1Co 3:10; 15:10; Gl 2:9; Eph 3:7-8 given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Rm 11:20 Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith 1Co 7:17; 2Co 10:13; Eph 4:7; 1Pt 4:11 to each one.
4Now as we have many parts in one body, 1Co 12:12-14; Eph 4:4,16 and all the parts do not have the same function,
5in the same way we who are many 1Co 10:17,23 are one body in Christ 1Co 12:20,27; Eph 4:12,25 and individually members of one another.
6According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts: 1Co 7:7; 12:4; 1Pt 4:10-11
If prophecy, Ac 13:1; 1Co 12:10
use it according to the standard of one’s Or the faith;
7if service, Ac 6:1; 1Co 12:28 in service;
if teaching, Ac 13:1; 1Co 14:26 in teaching;
8if exhorting, Ac 4:36; 11:23; 13:15 in exhortation;
giving, with generosity; 2Co 8:2; 9:11,13
leading, 1Co 12:28; 1Tm 5:17 with diligence;
showing mercy, with cheerfulness. 2Co 9:7
Christian Ethics
9Love must be without hypocrisy. 2Co 6:6; 1Tm 1:5 Detest evil; 1Th 5:21-22 cling to what is good.
10Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Jn 13:34; 1Th 4:9; Heb 13:1; 2Pt 1:7 Outdo one another in showing honor. Rm 13:7; Php 2:3; 1Pt 2:17
11Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; Ac 18:25 serve the Lord. Ac 20:19
12Rejoice in hope; Rm 5:2 be patient in affliction; Heb 10:32,36 be persistent in prayer. Ac 1:14
13Share with the saints in their needs; Rm 15:25; 1Co 16:15; 2Co 9:1; Heb 6:10 pursue hospitality. Mt 25:35; 1Tm 3:2
14Bless those who persecute you; Mt 5:44; Lk 6:22; 1Co 4:12 bless and do not curse.
15Rejoice with those who rejoice; Job 30:25; Heb 13:3 weep with those who weep.
16Be in agreement with one another. Rm 15:5; 2Co 13:11; Php 2:2; 4:2; 1Pt 3:8 Do not be proud; Rm 11:20 instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Rm 11:25; Pr 3:7
17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Pr 20:22; 24:29 Try to do what is honorable 2Co 8:21 in everyone’s eyes.
18If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone. Mk 9:50; Rm 14:19
19Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for His Lit the wrath. For it is written: Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay, Dt 32:35; Ps 94:1; 1Th 4:6; Heb 10:30 Dt 32:35 says the Lord.
If your enemy is hungry, feed him. Mt 5:44; Lk 6:27
If he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
For in so doing
you will be heaping fiery coals on his head. 2Kg 6:22; Pr 25:21-22 Pr 25:21-22
21Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.