1 I EXHORT you, therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice; holy, well pleasing to God, your reasonable service; 2 and be not conformed to this life, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind, that you may prove what is the will of God which is good and well-pleasing and perfect.
3 For I say through the grace given me, to every one among you, not to be higher-minded than he ought to be, but to think soberly, as God has distributed to each the measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, and all the members have not the same office, 5 so we, the many, are one body in Christ, and each one members one of another; 6 but having different gifts according to the grace given us, if prophecy [let us prophesy] according to the analogy of the faith, 7 if a service [let us labor] in the service, if one teaches, in teaching, 8 if one exhorts in the exhortation, he that gives, with simplicity, he that rules, with diligence, he that exercises mercy, with cheerfulness.
9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor evil, adhere to that which is good, 10 be kindly disposed one to another with brotherly love, in honor prefer one another, 11 be not slothful in business, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord, 12 rejoice in the hope, be patient in affliction, be persevering in prayer, 13 contribute to the necessity of saints, practise hospitality. 14 Bless those that persecute, bless and curse not. 15 Rejoice with the rejoicing, weep with the weeping. 16 Desire the same thing one for another; desire not the high, but be satisfied with the humble. Be not wise in your own conceit. 17 Render evil for evil to no one, provide things honorable in the sight of all men; 18 if possible, as much as may be in your power, live peaceably with all men, 19 not vindicating yourselves, beloved, but give place to wrath; for it is written, Judgment is mine, I will repay, says the Lord. 20 If therefore your enemy is hungry, give him food; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for doing this you shall heap coals of fire on his head.
21 Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.