The Message

Romans 12

Place Your Life Before God

11-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.

4-6 In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.

6-8 If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face.

9-10 Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.

11-13 Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.

14-16 Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.

17-19 Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”

20-21 Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

罗马书 12

为事奉上帝而活

1所以,弟兄姊妹,我凭上帝的怜悯劝你们献上自己的身体,作圣洁、蒙上帝悦纳的活祭。你们理当这样事奉。 你们不可追随世界的潮流,要随着思想的不断更新而改变,这样就能明辨上帝的旨意,知道什么是良善、纯全、蒙祂悦纳的。

我凭上帝赐给我的恩典劝告各位,不要自视过高,要照着上帝赐给各人的信心中肯地看待自己。 就像我们身体的各部分有不同的功能, 我们众人在基督里组成一个身体,彼此联结,息息相关。 我们照所得的恩典各有不同的恩赐。说预言的,要按着信心的程度说预言; 服侍的,要忠心服侍;教导的,要专一教导; 劝勉的,要诚心劝勉;施舍的,要慷慨施舍;治理的,要殷勤治理;怜悯的,要甘心怜悯。

相爱相顾

不可虚情假意地爱人。要疾恶如仇,一心向善。 10 要彼此相爱如同手足,互相尊重,彼此谦让。 11 要殷勤,不可懒惰,要常常火热地事奉主。 12 盼望中要有喜乐,患难中要坚忍,祷告要恒切。 13 信徒有缺乏,要慷慨帮助;客人来访,要热诚款待。 14 迫害你们的,要为他们祝福;要祝福,不可咒诅。 15 要与喜乐的人同乐,与哀哭的人同哭。 16 要彼此和睦,不可心高气傲,反要俯就卑微的人,不可自以为聪明。

17 不要以恶报恶。要尊重别人,众人都认为好的事,应该竭力去做。 18 如果可能,总要尽力与人和睦相处。 19 亲爱的弟兄姊妹,不要私自报复,要让上帝来审判,因为圣经上说:

“主说,‘申冤在我,我必报应。’”

20 所以,

“你的仇敌若饿了,就给他吃的;
若渴了,就给他喝的;
你这样做是把炭火堆在他头上。”

21 你不可被恶所胜,反要以善胜恶。