What We Are To Be
Romans 12 Amplified Bible (AMP)
1 Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters,
by the mercies of God, to
present your bodies
[dedicating all of yourselves,
set apart] as a living sacrifice,
which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship.
2 And do not be conformed to this world
[any longer with its superficial values and customs], but
be transformed and progressively changed
[as you mature spiritually]
by the renewing of your mind
[focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes],
so that you may prove [for yourselves]
what the will of God is,
that which is good and acceptable and perfect
[in His plan and purpose for you].
3 For by the grace [of God] given to me
I say to everyone of you
not to think more highly of himself
[and of his importance and ability]
than he ought to think;
but to think so as to have
as God has apportioned
to each a degree of faith
[and a purpose designed for service].
4 For just as in one [physical] body we have many parts,
and these parts do not all have
the same function or special use,
5 so we, who are many,
are [nevertheless just] one body
[we are] parts one of another
[mutually dependent on each other].
6 Since we have gifts
according to the grace given to us,
each of us
is to use them accordingly:
if [someone has the gift of]
[let him speak a new message from God to His people]
in proportion to the faith possessed;
7 if service,
in the act of serving;
or he who teaches,
in the act of teaching;
8 or he who encourages,
in the act of encouragement;
he who gives,
he who leads,
he who shows mercy
[in caring for others],
is to be
[the real thing—
without guile and hypocrisy].
Hate what is evil
[detest all ungodliness,
do not tolerate wickedness];
hold on tightly to what is good.
10 Be devoted
to one another
with [authentic] brotherly affection
[as members of one family],
give preference to one another in honor;
11 never lagging behind in diligence;
aglow in the Spirit,
enthusiastically serving the Lord;
12 constantly rejoicing in hope
[because of our confidence in Christ],
steadfast and patient in distress,
devoted to prayer
13 contributing to the needs of God’s people,
pursuing [the practice of] hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you
[who cause you harm or hardship];
bless and do not curse [them].
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice
[sharing others’ joy], and
weep with those who weep
[sharing others’ grief].
16 Live in harmony with one another;
do not be haughty
[conceited, self-important, exclusive],
but associate with humble people
[those with a realistic self-view].
Do not overestimate yourself.
17 Never repay anyone evil for evil.
Take thought for what is
proper in the sight of everyone.
18 If possible, as far as it depends on you,
live at peace with everyone.
19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves,
but leave the way open
for God’s wrath
[and His judicial righteousness];
for it is written [in Scripture],
“Vengeance is Mine,
I will repay,”
says the Lord.
20 But if your enemy is hungry,
if he is thirsty,
give him a drink;
for by doing this
you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21 Do not be