Exhortations for Christian Living
12 1 Therefore I urge you, brethren , by the mercies of God , to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice , acceptable to God , which is your spiritual service of worship . 2 And do not be conformed to this world , but be transformed by the renewing of your mind , so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect . 3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think ; but to think so as to have sound judgment , as God has allotted to each a measure of faith . 4 For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function , 5 so we, who are many , are one body in Christ , and individually e members one of another . 6 Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy , according to the proportion of his faith ; 7 if service , in his serving ; or he who teaches , in his teaching ; 8 or he who exhorts , in his exhortation ; he who gives , with liberality ; he who leads , with diligence ; he who shows mercy , with cheerfulness . 9 Let love be without hypocrisy . Abhor what is evil ; cling to what is good . 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love ; give preference to one another in honor ; 11 not lagging behind in diligence , fervent in spirit , serving the Lord ; 12 rejoicing in hope , persevering in tribulation , devoted to prayer , 13 contributing to the needs of the saints , practicing 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 be haughty in mind , but associate with the lowly . Do not be wise in your own estimation . 17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone . Respect what is right in the sight of all men . 18 If possible , so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men . 19 Never take your own revenge , beloved , but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written , " VENGEANCE IS MINE , I WILL REPAY ," says the Lord . 20 " BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY , FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY , GIVE HIM A DRINK ; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD ." 21 Do not be overcome by evil , but overcome evil with good .