Paul counsels the Saints to present their bodies as a living sacrifice, to use their own grace-given gifts, and to live as Saints should live.
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your abodies a living bsacrifice, holy, cacceptable unto God, which is your reasonable dservice.
2 And be not conformed to this aworld: but be ye btransformed by the crenewing of your dmind, that ye may eprove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, fwill of God.
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to athink of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think bsoberly, according as cGod hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same aoffice:
5 So we, being many, are aone bbody in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6 Having then gifts differing according to the agrace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of bfaith;
7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with acheerfulness.
9 Let love be awithout dissimulation. Abhor that which is bevil; cleave to that which is good.
10 Be kindly aaffectioned one to another with bbrotherly clove; in honour preferring one another;
11 Not slothful in abusiness; bfervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
12 Rejoicing in hope; apatient in btribulation; ccontinuing instant in prayer;
13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to ahospitality.
14 Bless them which apersecute you: bless, and bcurse not.
15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and aweep with them that weep.
16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but acondescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own bconceits.
17 aRecompense to no man bevil for evil. Provide things chonest in the dsight of all men.
18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live apeaceably with all men.
19 Dearly beloved, aavenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
20 Therefore if thine aenemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21 Be not overcome of evil, but aovercome evil with good.