1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, and well-pleasing to God, as your rational service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may experience what is the good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.
3 For by the grace conferred on me I charge every one among you, not to think of himself above what he ought to think: but to think with sobriety, according as God hath divided to every man the measure of faith. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and all the members have not the same office: 5 so we who are many, are one body in Christ, and every one members of each other. 6 But having different gifts, according to the grace conferred upon us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of our faith: 7 or ministry, let us attend to the ministry: or he that teacheth, on teaching: or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: 8 he that distributeth, let him do it with integrity: he that presideth, with diligence: he that sheweth mercy, with chearfulness.
9 Let love be unfeigned. Abhor that which is evil, cleave to that which is good; 10 be tenderly affected with brotherly love to each other, in honor preferring one another: 11 not slothful in business: fervent in spirit: serving the Lord. 12 Rejoicing in hope, patient under affliction, persevering in prayer, 13 communicating to the necessities of the saints, given to hospitality. 14 Bless them that persecute you: bless them, I say, and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those that rejoice, and weep with those that weep. 16 Be alike affected to each other: not aiming at high things, but accommodating yourselves to persons of low rank. Be not wise in your own conceit. 17 Render to no one evil for evil: behaving honorably in the sight of all men. 18 If it be possible, as much as ye can, live peaceably with all men. 19 Avenge not yourselves, my beloved; but rather give place to the wrath of others: for it is written, "Vengeance belongeth to me, I will recompence, saith the Lord." 20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing, thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21 Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.