Do not be conformed to this world (this age), , but be transformed (changed) by the renewal of your mind , so that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect .
For by the grace (unmerited favor of God) given to me I warn everyone among you not to estimate and think of himself more highly than he ought , but to rate his ability with sober judgment, each according to the degree of faith apportioned by God to him.
For as in one physical body we have many parts (organs, members) and all of these parts do not have the same function or use,
So we, numerous as we are, are one body in Christ (the Messiah) and individually we are parts one of another .
Having gifts (faculties, talents, qualities) that differ according to the grace given us, let us use them: prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith;
practical service, let him give himself to serving; he who teaches, to his teaching;
He who exhorts (encourages), to his exhortation; he who contributes, let him do it in simplicity and liberality; he who gives aid and superintends, with zeal and singleness of mind; he who does acts of mercy, with genuine cheerfulness and joyful eagerness.
love be sincere (a real thing); hate what is evil , but hold fast to that which is good.
Love one another with brotherly affection , giving precedence and showing honor to one another.
Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord.
Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer.
Contribute to the needs of God's people ; pursue the practice of hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you ; bless and do not curse them.
Rejoice with those who rejoice , and weep with those who weep .
Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty (snobbish, high-minded, exclusive), but readily adjust yourself to and give yourselves to humble tasks. Never overestimate yourself or be wise in your own conceits.
Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is honest and proper and noble in the sight of everyone.
If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay (requite), says the Lord.
But if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head.
Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome (master) evil with good.
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