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1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. 9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. 14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. 17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, 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 of evil, but overcome evil with good.

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1 Andrew B = "It is often agreed that the book of “Romans” in the New Testament was written by apostle Saul of Tarsus, more commonly known as Apostle Paul. In chapter 12 of this important book, Paul puts a lot of emphasis on the idea that by embracing the Good News of Christ the Messiah, the life of the believer and his personality will be profoundly transformed and he explains how this will take place.The chapter is divided in three sections, each putting emphasis on a particular aspect of this change. In section 1, from verse 12:1 to 12:2, Paul exhorts us to prepare our minds for a physical sacrifice, when we choose to embrace the Good News of the Lord: “I beseech you (…) that you present your bodies as a living sacrifice.” The true believer must be ready to divorce his physical body and then his consciousness from the temptations and illusory nature of the material world around him to prove his or her commitment to the Lord: ”Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.”In section 2, from verse 12:3 to 12:8, Paul encourages believers in the Lord to develop a communal sense of humility about their faith to be worthy of their appointment by the Lord:“For I say(…) to every man (…) not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”Each believer is seen as a part of the body of Christ, and just as each member of the human body fulfils its function for the coordination of the whole, so each member of the body of Christ should fulfil its role conscientiously and diligently.In section 3, from verse 12:9 to 12:21, we are invited to practice the highest kind of moral rigour at all times. First of all towards those that are less fortunate than us (“Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate”), then towards our peers (“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love”) and then even towards our enemies (“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.“). Paul wants us to practice virtue with the utmost dedication and discipline so that we should always be worthy of the calling of the Lord."
2 Stephanie C = "Hold your body holy and as a Virgin. Be clean in mind and body as well keep the Lord God First."
3 Deena E = ""by the mercies of God"Only by and because of God's mercy are we able to offer ourselves sacrificially, set apart, specifically, with His approval for His purposes. Paul says, because of God's mercy, it is reasonable [sound, logical] that we do this [and wouldn't make any sense to not do it]. "
4 Cary W = "This is a most beneficial warning and reminder, for we still live in a fallen world, where mostly good is acceptable.  It is mostly good to go to church, work a job, buy a home, and pursue healthy activities.  But you know the world does that as well, and welcomes today's Christians conformity to the mostly good life.We are to daily put on Christ, seeking only to have His kind of desires, thoughts and prayers, and He never sought His own.  If we are to really know Him and share Him, we must ask to be searched any compromise in worldliness, and be transformed by the renewing power of His Spirit so that we not please the world, but prove the good, acceptable and PERFECT WILL of God."
5 Ben N = "Although this is commonly interpreted as having to do with abstinence, that is not the only interpretation. It is the living Spirit of God that dwells within us and gives us life, and therefore we ought to offer up our body and our will, and live in such a way that honors Him. This has deep and revolutionary implications, not just regarding sexuality, but also our health and diet, our occupation, etc."
6 Sarah Mangum = "This is the most searched for Bible verse of 2014 via YouVersion."
7 Cary W = "Being a believer in Christ is a very big deal, for God really means to have you reflect the obedience of Jesus in every detail of life.  We must continually renew our minds to hear only Him, cleaning out every thought of the world of greed, obsession with the world, its things, people and even places.We are commanded to prove His will in our life.  We have been given the Spirit of Regeneration for such inner work and transformation of a worldly mind into a mind aligned with God."
8 Deena E = ""be not conformed to this world"I think we commonly misunderstand the meaning of this statement. In Paul's epistle to the Ephesians he notes that the ways of this world of those of the prince of the air (Satan), the spirit at work in all of those who are disobedient to God (see Ephesians 2:2). Greed, lusts, envy, etc. are all the common things that come to mind, but many people miss that God does not want us in poverty or lack either. Conforming to this world would be behaving in a manner or having a mindset that is contrary to God's will for us."
9 Deena E = ""be transformed by the renewing of your mind"A transformation is not something that you can switch on and off. A transformation is a permanent change. Once a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly, it can never return to being a caterpillar again. The transformation of a person can only happen with a new way of thinking. "
10 Ben N = "Do not live your life according to what is fashionable or popular, and conform to your culture and society. Seek the Holy Spirit through prayer, and let God renew your mind, and reveal to you what is holy and true and beautiful. Then live your life according to your inner compass, and the will of God, that you would be an agent of change and progress, against the grain of worldly materialism."
11 Sarah Mangum = ""
12 Ben N = "Be humble. No matter what your station, high or low, we are all serving together, serving God and serving each other. Indeed, just as many cells and organs and limbs make up one body, so all living things make up the body of Christ, and we are one in Him."
13 Cary W = "This is most encouraging for everyone of us will have unique gifts from the Spirit to impart, whether it be serving, administering, encouraging, preaching, singing, or ministering to the sick and poor.In all our different functions, Paul only asks that we perform them with faith, diligence, simplicity and cheerfulness."
14 Cary W = "This truth of oneness in the body is usually a difficult one to remember, especially when any disruption, pain or division occurs.  It does not matter the people or the situation, we are each one, to take responsibility for the health and wholeness of the whole body of Christ."
15 Ben N = "Whatever our gifts and talents, they are blessings from God. Therefore, we ought to be humble, and use them in His service and for His glory."
16 Sarah Mangum = "Top 10 Verses for Those in Love"
17 Cary W = "No matter who may trouble us or even cause us pain, we are to remain humble before God on their account, much like Stephen, who while being stoned beseeches God to not hold this against them.And really it mostly about keeping our heart in peace toward all people, for from that peaceful place alone can love and wisdom flow so that we may even be a light to those who oppose."
18 Cary W = "This one little verse offers so much wisdom in our emotional tests with others, for it simply reminds us that no matter the apparent conflict, we can remain in the Peace of Christ toward all men, trusting God's will shall be done and all things worked according to His grand purposes."
19 Cary W = "The law of opposites confirms this wise statement, for to give attention to the negative, painful, corrupt or ill person or situation will only cause it increase.  Where attention goes, energy flows.In any time of evil or persecution, look up to heaven and bring down a blessing of light, love and highest good for all.  We have, by His Spirit the power to cast out every unclean spirit, and use His Regenerative power to restore health, peace and harmony in any and every situation."