Romans 12

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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. 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.
    ~ Paul is trying to get the readers attention. I beg you brothers! By the mercies of God even. He suggests that we present ourselves a living sacrifice. I wonder if today we even understand what a real sacrifice is? We live in the lap of luxury here in the States where we need for little and want for everything everyone else has. I am not sure we would even know what it means to sacrifice for our faith. I say that because I see many Americans in this day looking to the Government to provide them for everything they need. I should not have to work for it but i should be GIVEN it. That is not sacrifice that is entitlement. God tells us though the book of Romans that we should present our bodies a living sacrifice. Putting the needs of others in front of yourself. Holy! What is that to do what this book says. Live a holy life. Acceptable unto God; in other words living a life that is acceptable to God. Living what this book tells us to do. The Bible is so much more than a book of neat stories, its a book to govern your life by. You can model your life off the principals and the precepts that are taught time and again. If you were a middle or younger child use the men and women of the Bible as your oldest sibling. You learn right and wrong from the mistakes they made. That is living holy to God. Then he asks the million dollar question; what is YOUR reasonable service? What is this asking you might say. Its simply stating this. We were not created to be bench warmers in the game of life. We all have some type of service we can provide to God. We all have different gifts and abilities but what we often see in the ministry is that most people want to be bench warmers. If you are not accustomed to that term it means that we often want to simply watch the game from the sidelines. Yea we are on the team but we don’t ever play the game. God did not save your soul for you to sit on the bench, but to get in the game and play to your best ability. God wants everyone on the team (Christian Team) to get in the game and play ball with the other team mates.

    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.
    ~ He goes on to say don’t be conformed to this world. Don’t let it change you into something you should not be. Let this book instead transform you into what God wants you to be. If you think about the writer (Paul) he once persecuted the Church and killed one of God’s apostles. Yet God still was able to use him! Why because he allowed God to transorm him.

    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.
    ~ Paul reminds us of a principal that we all should take and that is to be humble. When we are humble and realize that God is the one in control that all blessings come from him. That is when God can use us for his purposes. Paul had to be stricken blind before he was willing, what will it take for God to be able to use you in the way he wants to use you?

    4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
    ~Paul goes on to talk about the different jobs and likens it to the members or appendages of the body. He says that they are not all the same. They all have different tasks to do for your overall body. Imagine if each part of your body was and individual and they all wanted to be your heart or your brain because they are perceived to be the most important things about that body. Would you really want your nose to do the job of your heart? How about your foot, that could take the place of your brain right? NO they all have different and specific jobs. Yet try functioning without a foot, or a nose, or a heart or a brain. In some case you can but sure makes life easier with all members working the way they are suppose to work.

    5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
    ~We all have our jobs to do in the body of Christ (the church). We can not all be preachers, we can not all be singers, we can not all be teachers, we can not all be finance people. Instead we call all be what it is that God is leading us to be. Each job in the church is important. This is from the preacher, to the janitor. You are needed where you are able to serve. When we are all serving in the manner that God has us serve, you will know it because the whole church will hum right along. When we don’t you will see a church of contention and frustration. A church that doesn’t really go anywhere. This contention can be caused from any part of the church and once it there it breads off one another. Soon the whole church just feels contentious when you visit it. We as Christians need to do our part for what is right. Even when we don’t think we aught to. Just do what is right. I think about raising my kids and I cant tell you how many times that is my comment to them. Just choose to do what is right!

    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.
    ~ Paul goes on to talk about the fact that we all have gifts that are different than one another. Your service should be different than mine. We are not the same. We will teach differently, preach differently, clean differently. We need to take the gift that God has given us and reach those around us. What ever your doing for the Lord, make sure you are doing it with an honest and a cheerful heart!

    9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
    ~ Let your labor be of love, not of anything other than that. God does not bless your work when you do it for the wrong reasons. Reference: Matthew 6:16 – Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

    10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
    ~ Be kind and love one another. Treat people right, treat people the way you want to be treated! Reference: Matthew 7:12 – Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

    11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
    ~ When doing business make sure you are not slow, or perceived as useless. Work at all you do as if you were working unto God.

    12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
    ~These are the things we should be happy about, rejoicing even. We should be happy about the hope we have in Christ, the Patience in trials and tribulation. We should be instant to prayer. When something comes across your mind pray about it. When we feel burdened pray about it, when you feel blessed pray about it. In all things give thanks.

    13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
    ~ We should be giving to our brothers and sisters in Christ being hospitable, not turning up our noses to them, looking down on them, treating people the right way. This is what God wants of us.

    14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
    ~We should bless those that treat us badly, we should pray for them not return the favor.

    15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
    ~ We should be happy with those that are happy and sad with those that are sad. We need to meet people where they are so that we can be Christ to them!

    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.
    ~ We should share the same types of thoughts, being kind to one another. Be able to look at someone in need and be willing to give what you are able to give. That may be a million dollars or a short prayer. We should not look down on someone in need but have a heart that goes out to them.

    17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
    ~ You don’t ever pay back evil for evil. Bad for bad, but instead you treat people right regardless of how they treat you. Do all that you do in honesty. These are all nice things to follow? no they are things that God tells you to follow therefore follow them!

    18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
    ~ With all you have in every opportunity you have live peaceably with people. Do all you can to do right by others. When you have failure in your life, then ask for forgiveness. Both of man and God.

    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.
    ~ When you are done wrong don’t try to get back at someone. Let God do that for you. You forgive them! Even if they don’t ask for it forgive them anyway.

    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.
    ~ So here is where things get hard if someone treats you bad, you treat them good. You give to them what they need and then some if at all possible. Treating someone right is not just a nice thing to do but its told of you by your creator.

    21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
    ~ You can usually overcome someone’s bad intentions with your good. Do what is right and you may gain a brother.

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