1 I beseech you, therefore, brethren, through the mercies of God, to present, your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, well pleasing to God, which is your rational service; 2 and he not conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is the good and well-pleasing and perfect will of God.
3 For I say, through the grace that was given to me, to every one among you, not to think of himself more highly than he night to think, but so to think as to think soberly, according as God divided to each one a measure of faith. 4 For even as we have many members in one body, and all the members have not the same office; 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and severally members one of another. 6 And, having gifts differing according to the grace that was given to us; whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of our faith; 7 or ministry, let us labor in the ministry; or he that teaches, in teaching; 8 or he that exhorts, in his exhortation; he that imparts, let him do it with liberality; he that presides, with diligence; he that shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
9 Let love be without hypocrisy; abhorring that which is evil; cleaving to that which is good; 10 in brotherly love being tenderly affectionate one to another; in honor, preferring one another; 11 in diligence, not slothful; in spirit, fervent, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; persevering in prayer; 13 communicating to the necessities of the saints; cultivating hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless, and curse not. 15 Be ready to rejoice with those who rejoice; to weep with those who weep; 16 thinking the same thing one toward another; minding not lofty things, but being carried along with the lowly. Be ye not wise in your own conceits; 17 recompensing to no one evil for evil; providing things honorable in the sight of all men; 18 if it be possible, so far as it depends on you, being at peace with all men; 19 not avenging yourselves, beloved, but give place to the wrath of God: for it has been written, "Vengeance is Mine; I will recompense," saith the Lord. 20 But, if your enemy hungers, feed him; if he thirsts, give him drink; for, in doing this, you will heap coals of fire upon his head.
21 Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.