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Romans 12

God's mercies must move us to please God.

Romans 12:1 I Beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that yee giue vp your bodies a liuing sacrifice, holy, acceptable vnto God, which is your reasonable seruing of God. Romans 12:2 And fashion not your selues like vnto this worlde, but bee yee changed by the renewing of your minde, that ye may prooue what that good, and acceptable and perfect will of God is.

No man must think too well of himself,

Romans 12:3 For I say through the grace that is giuen vnto me, to euery one that is among you, that no man presume to vnderstande aboue that which is meete to vnderstand, but that he vnderstande according to sobrietie, as God hath dealt to euery man the measure of faith. Romans 12:4 For as wee haue many members in one body, and all members haue not one office, Romans 12:5 So we being many are one body in Christ, and euery one, one anothers members.

but attend, every one, on that calling wherein he is placed.

Romans 12:6 Seeing then that we haue gifts that are diuers, according to the grace that is giuen vnto vs, whether we haue prophecie, let vs prophecie according to the portion of faith: Romans 12:7 Or an office, let vs waite on the office: or he that teacheth, on teaching: Romans 12:8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that distributeth, let him doe it with simplicitie: he that ruleth, with diligence: he that sheweth mercie, with cheerefulnesse.

Love, and many other duties, are required of us.

Romans 12:9 Let loue be without dissimulation. Abhorre that which is euill, and cleaue vnto that which is good. Romans 12:10 Be affectioned to loue one another with brotherly loue. In giuing honour, goe one before another, Romans 12:11 Not slouthfull to do seruice: seruent in spirit seruing the Lord, Romans 12:12 Reioycing in hope, pacient in tribulation, continuing in prayer, Romans 12:13 Distributing vnto the necessities of the Saintes: giuing your selues to hospitalitie. Romans 12:14 Blesse them which persecute you: blesse, I say, and curse not. Romans 12:15 Reioyce with them that reioyce, & weepe with them that weepe. Romans 12:16 Be of like affection one towardes another: be not hie minded: but make your selues equall to them of the lower sort: be not wise in your selues. Romans 12:17 Recompence to no man euill for euill: procure things honest in the sight of all men. Romans 12:18 If it bee possible, as much as in you is, haue peace with all men.

Revenge is specially forbidden.

Romans 12:19 Dearely beloued, auenge not your selues, but giue place vnto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine: I will repay, saith the Lord. Romans 12:20 Therefore, if thine enemie hunger, feede him: if he thirst, giue him drinke: for in so doing, thou shalt heape coales of fire on his head. Romans 12:21 Bee not ouercome of euill, but ouercome euill with goodnesse.

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