The New Life in Christ
12:1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. 12:2And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, and ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
12:3For I say, through the grace that was given me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think as to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to each man a measure of faith. 12:4For even as we have many members in one body, and all the members have not the same office: 12:5so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and severally members one of another. 12:6And having gifts differing according to the grace that was given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of our faith;12:7or ministry, let us give ourselves to our ministry; or he that teacheth, to his teaching; 12:8or he that exhorteth, to his exhorting: he that giveth, let him do it with liberality; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that showeth mercy, with cheerfulness.
Marks of the True Christian
12:9Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 12:10In love of the brethren be tenderly affectioned one to another; in honor preferring one another; 12:11in diligence not slothful; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12:12rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing stedfastly in prayer; 12:13communicating to the necessities of the saints; given to hospitality.
12:14Bless them that persecute you; bless, and curse not. 12:15Rejoice with them that rejoice; weep with them that weep. 12:16Be of the same mind one toward another. Set not your mind on high things, but condescend to things that are lowly. Be not wise in your own conceits. 12:17Render to no man evil for evil. Take thought for things honorable in the sight of all men. 12:18If it be possible, as much as in you lieth, be at peace with all men. 12:19Avenge not yourselves, beloved, but give place unto the wrath of God: for it is written, Vengeance belongeth unto me; I will recompense, saith the Lord. 12:20But if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him to drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head. 12:21Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.