Romans chapter 12 New International Version 1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God--this is your true and proper worship. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Honor one another above yourselves. Practice hospitality. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.
With eyes wide open to the mercies of God, I beg you, my brothers, as an act of intelligent worship, to give Him your bodies, as a living sacrifice, consecrated to Him and acceptable by Him. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. I beseech you : This reminds us that Paul appeals to our will.
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It is authored by Paul the Apostle , while he was in Corinth in the mid 50s CE,  with the help of an amanuensis secretary , Tertius , who adds his own greeting in Romans The original text was written in Koine Greek. This chapter is divided into 21 verses. The first letter of Peter uses a similar expressions:. Lutheran theologian Johann Albrecht Bengel summarises the contrasts to which Paul refers:. Verses 3—8 is in a form of sermon, closely paralleled by 1 Corinthians — Described by Moo as "Love and its manifestations", the section is proverbial in tone, the style is known as parenesis.
Sacrifice of Body and Mind. Many Parts in One Body. Mutual Love. The gospel, however, invites believers to present their bodies as a living sacrifice Rom Instead of being limited by specific legal maxims, Christians are liberated for the exercise of good judgment as they are confronted with the many and varied decisions required in the course of daily life. To assist them, God distributes a variety of gifts to the fellowship of believers, including those of prophecy, teaching, and exhortation Rom — 8. Prophets assist the community to understand the will of God as it applies to the present situation Rom Teachers help people to understand themselves and their responsibilities in relation to others Rom