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. Romans 12:1-21 (KJV)
You know, I could probably preach for a YEAR on this chapter!!! EVERY verse in this chapter is like GOLD!!! Read through the following verses and tell me if they don’t just blow your mind!
Shortest Verse (10 words) Rom 12:21, Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Longest Verse (44 words) Rom 12:3, 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,1 according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Middle Verse(s) (of 21 verses) Rom 12:11, Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
Middle Five Words (of 398 words) [‘that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.’]
Rom 12:8, Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth,2 let him do it with simplicity;3 he that ruleth, with diligence; he [that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.]
YEAH!!!! Jesus Christ is amazing. And He loves us, and calls us to an amazing life!
“overcome evil with good”. Wow.
“not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think.” Wow.
“to think soberly”
“fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.”
give place unto wrath. In other words, don’t get angry. Sidestep that anger when someone betrays you. “overcome evil with good.”
“Be of the same mind one toward another.” wow.
I like to constantly talk about that new Christian. See, they got it all figured out! Christianity’s not difficult!
That new Christian, he reads his Bible, and eagerly. He takes it literally. He doesn’t worry too much about when it talks about visions in Daniel. Or weird sandwiches in Ezekiel. He’s just reading it to understand!
And he figures he’s got to change his life. Be more loving. Yup!
he’s got it all figured out. How did WE forget it?
Read the chapter above at least 1,000 times. Think on these things. Dwell on them. Well, at least 30 times. Once per day for a month.
Jesus Christ loves you. He shed His blood and suffered and died for you. Choose Him. Get saved. now, just do nice things to people.Oh, and tell them about Jesus!!!