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THE EPISTLE OF PAUL
TO THE
ROMANS

CHAPTER 12

VII. Transformation
12:1--15:13

A. In Practicing the Body Life
12:1-21

1. By the Presenting of Our Bodies
v.1


1 1I 2aexhort you therefore, brothers, through the 3bcompassions of God to 4cpresent your bodies a 5living dsacrifice, holy, ewell pleasing to God, which is your 6reasonable 7fservice.


2. By the Renewing of the Mind
vv.2-3


2 And do 1not be afashioned according to 2this bage, but be 3ctransformed by the 4drenewing of the emind that you may 5fprove what the 6gwill of God is, that which is good and hwell pleasing and perfect.

3 For I say, through the agrace given to me, to every one who is among you, not to 1think more bhighly of himself than he ought to think, but to think so as to be csober-minded, as God has apportioned to each a dmeasure of faith.


3. By the Exercising of the Gifts
vv.4-8


4 For just as in aone body we have bmany members, and all the members do not have the csame 1function,

5 So we who are many are one Body 1in Christ, and individually 2amembers one of another.

6 And having 1agifts that differ according to the bgrace given to us, whether 2cprophecy, let us prophesy according to the dproportion of faith;

7 Or 1service, let us be faithful in that service; or he who ateaches, in that teaching;

8 Or he who aexhorts, in that exhortation; he who 1bgives, in simplicity; he who 2cleads, in diligence; he who 3shows dmercy, in cheerfulness.


4. By the Living of a Life of the Highest Virtues
vv.9-21

9 1Let alove be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; bcling to what is good.

10 aLove one another warmly in brotherly love; take the lead in showing honor one to another.

11 Do not be slothful in zeal, but be 1aburning in spirit, 2bserving the Lord.

12 Rejoice in hope; aendure in tribulation; bpersevere in prayer.

13 1aContribute to the needs of the saints; pursue bhospitality.

14 1aBless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

15 1Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep.

16 Be of the asame mind toward one another, not bsetting your mind on the high things but going along with the 1lowly; do not be cwise in yourselves.

17 aRepay no one evil for evil; 1btake forethought for things honorable in the sight of all men.

18 If possible, as far as it depends on you, live in apeace with all men.

19 Do not 1avenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to the wrath of God, for it is written, a"Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord.''

20 aBut "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in doing this you will heap coals of fire upon his head.''

21 Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.