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 (Traditional)

羅馬書 12

為事奉上帝而活

1所以,弟兄姊妹,我憑上帝的憐憫勸你們獻上自己的身體,作聖潔、蒙上帝悅納的活祭。你們理當這樣事奉。 你們不可追隨世界的潮流,要隨著思想的不斷更新而改變,這樣就能明辨上帝的旨意,知道什麼是良善、純全、蒙祂悅納的。

我憑上帝賜給我的恩典勸告各位,不要自視過高,要照著上帝賜給各人的信心中肯地看待自己。 就像我們身體的各部分有不同的功能, 我們眾人在基督裡組成一個身體,彼此聯結,息息相關。 我們照所得的恩典各有不同的恩賜。說預言的,要按著信心的程度說預言; 服侍的,要忠心服侍;教導的,要專一教導; 勸勉的,要誠心勸勉;施捨的,要慷慨施捨;治理的,要殷勤治理;憐憫的,要甘心憐憫。

相愛相顧

不可虛情假意地愛人。要嫉惡如仇,一心向善。 10 要彼此相愛如同手足,互相尊重,彼此謙讓。 11 要殷勤,不可懶惰,要常常火熱地事奉主。 12 盼望中要有喜樂,患難中要堅忍,禱告要恆切。 13 信徒有缺乏,要慷慨幫助;客人來訪,要熱誠款待。 14 迫害你們的,要為他們祝福;要祝福,不可咒詛。 15 要與喜樂的人同樂,與哀哭的人同哭。 16 要彼此和睦,不可心高氣傲,反要俯就卑微的人,不可自以為聰明。

17 不要以惡報惡。要尊重別人,眾人都認為好的事,應該竭力去做。 18 如果可能,總要盡力與人和睦相處。 19 親愛的弟兄姊妹,不要私自報復,要讓上帝來審判,因為聖經上說:

「主說,『伸冤在我,我必報應。』」

20 所以,

「你的仇敵若餓了,就給他吃的;
若渴了,就給他喝的;
你這樣做是把炭火堆在他頭上。」

21 你不可被惡所勝,反要以善勝惡。