Romans 12

A Living Sacrifice

1 I a beseech 1 you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies b a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your 2 reasonable service. 2 And c do not be conformed to this world, but d be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may e prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Gifts of Grace

3 For I say, f through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, g not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt h to each one a measure of faith. 4 For i as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so j we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is k given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us l prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; m he who teaches, in teaching; 8 n he who exhorts, in exhortation; o he who gives, with liberality; p he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, q with cheerfulness.

Marks of the True Christian

9 r Let love be without hypocrisy. s Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 t Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, u in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 v rejoicing in hope, w patient 3 in tribulation, x continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 y distributing to the needs of the saints, z given 4 to hospitality.

14 a Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 b Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 c Be of the same mind toward one another. d Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. 17 e Repay no one evil for evil. f Have 5 regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, g live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, h do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, i "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," 6 says the Lord. 20 Therefore
j "If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head." 7
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but k overcome evil with good.

  1. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 1:10
    Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
    2 Corinthians 10:1 - 4
    Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ - who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you.
  2. Cross References
    Philippians 4:18
    Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.
    Hebrews 10:18
    Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.
    Hebrews 10:20
    By a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh.
  3. Cross References
    Matthew 13:22
    Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
    Galatians 1:4
    Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father.
    1 John 2:15
    Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
  4. Cross References
    Ephesians 4:23
    And be renewed in the spirit of your mind.
    Titus 3:5
    Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.
  5. Cross References
    1 Thessalonians 4:3
    For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality.
  6. Cross References
    Romans 1:5
    Through Him we have received grace and apostles...
    Romans 15:15
    Nevertheless, brethren, I have written more bol...
    1 Corinthians 3:10
    According to the grace of God which was given t...
    1 Corinthians 15:10
    But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His...
    Galatians 2:9
    And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to...
    Ephesians 3:7
    Of which I became a minister according to the g...
  7. Cross References
    Proverbs 25:27
    It is not good to eat much honey; So to seek one's own glory is not glory.
  8. Cross References
    Ephesians 4:7
    But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift.
  9. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 12:12 - 14
    For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.
    Ephesians 4:4
    There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling.
    Ephesians 4:16
    From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
  10. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 10:17
    For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.
    Galatians 3:28
    There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
  11. Cross References
    John 3:27
    John answered and said, "A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven.
  12. Cross References
    Acts 11:27
    And in these days prophets came from Jerusalem to Antioch.
  13. Cross References
    Ephesians 4:11
    And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers.
  14. Cross References
    Acts 15:32
    Now Judas and Silas, themselves being prophets also, exhorted and strengthened the brethren with many words.
  15. Cross References
    Matthew 6:1 - 3
    Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.
  16. Cross References
    Acts 20:28
    Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
  17. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 9:7
    So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
  18. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 6:6
    By purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love.
    1 Timothy 1:5
    Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith.
  19. Cross References
    Psalms 34:14
    Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.
  20. Cross References
    John 13:34
    A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
    1 Thessalonians 4:9
    But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another.
    Hebrews 13:1
    Let brotherly love continue.
    2 Peter 1:7
    To godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.
  21. Cross References
    Romans 13:7
    Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.
    Philippians 2:3
    Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
    1 Peter 2:17
    Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
  22. Cross References
    Luke 10:20
    "Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven."
  23. Cross References
    Luke 21:19
    By your patience possess your souls.
  24. Cross References
    Luke 18:1
    Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.
  25. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 16:1
    Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also:
    Hebrews 13:16
    But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
    1 Peter 4:9
    Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.
  26. Cross References
    Matthew 25:35
    For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in.
    1 Timothy 3:2
    A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach.
  27. Cross References
    Matthew 5:44
    But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.
    Luke 6:28
    Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.
    1 Corinthians 4:12
    And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure.
  28. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 12:26
    And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.
  29. Cross References
    Romans 15:5
    Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus.
    2 Corinthians 13:11
    Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
    Philippians 2:2
    Fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
    Philippians 4:2
    I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.
    1 Peter 3:8
    Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous.
  30. Cross References
    Jeremiah 45:5
    "And do you seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them; for behold, I will bring adversity on all flesh," says the LORD. "But I will give your life to you as a prize in all places, wherever you go." '"
  31. Cross References
    Matthew 5:39
    But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
    1 Peter 3:9
    Not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.
  32. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 8:21
    Providing honorable things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
  33. Cross References
    Hebrews 12:14
    Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:
  34. Cross References
    Leviticus 19:18
    You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.
  35. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:35
    Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; Their foot shall slip in due time; For the day of their calamity is at hand, And the things to come hasten upon them.
    Psalms 94:1
    O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongs - O God, to whom vengeance belongs, shine forth!
    1 Thessalonians 4:6
    That no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified.
    Hebrews 10:30
    For we know Him who said, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. And again, "The LORD will judge His people.
  36. Cross References
    2 Kings 6:22
    But he answered, "You shall not kill them. Would you kill those whom you have taken captive with your sword and your bow? Set food and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master.
    Proverbs 25:21
    If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
    Proverbs 25:22
    For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, And the LORD will reward you.
    Matthew 5:44
    But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.
    Luke 6:27
    But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.
  37. Cross References
    Romans 12:1
    I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
    Romans 12:2
    And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
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