New International Reader's Version

Romans 12

Living as a Holy Sacrifice to God

1Brothers and sisters, God has shown you his mercy. So I am asking you to offer up your bodies to him while you are still alive. Your bodies are a holy sacrifice that is pleasing to God. When you offer your bodies to God, you are worshiping him in the right way. Don’t live the way this world lives. Let your way of thinking be completely changed. Then you will be able to test what God wants for you. And you will agree that what he wants is right. His plan is good and pleasing and perfect.

Serving One Another in the Body of Christ

God’s grace has been given to me. So here is what I say to every one of you. Don’t think of yourself more highly than you should. Be reasonable when you think about yourself. Keep in mind the faith God has given to each of you. Each of us has one body with many parts. And the parts do not all have the same purpose. So also we are many persons. But in Christ we are one body. And each part of the body belongs to all the other parts. We all have gifts. They differ according to the grace God has given to each of us. Do you have the gift of prophecy? Then use it according to the faith you have. If your gift is serving, then serve. If it is teaching, then teach. Is it encouraging others? Then encourage them. Is it giving to others? Then give freely. Is it being a leader? Then work hard at it. Is it showing mercy? Then do it cheerfully.

Love in Action

Love must be honest and true. Hate what is evil. Hold on to what is good. 10 Love one another deeply. Honor others more than yourselves. 11 Stay excited about your faith as you serve the Lord. 12 When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray, be faithful. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Welcome others into your homes.

14 Bless those who hurt you. Bless them, and do not curse them. 15 Be joyful with those who are joyful. Be sad with those who are sad. 16 Agree with one another. Don’t be proud. Be willing to be a friend of people who aren’t considered important. Don’t think that you are better than others.

17 Don’t pay back evil with evil. Be careful to do what everyone thinks is right. 18 If possible, live in peace with everyone. Do that as much as you can. 19 My dear friends, don’t try to get even. Leave room for God to show his anger. It is written, “I am the God who judges people. I will pay them back,” (Deuteronomy 32:35) says the Lord. 20 Do just the opposite. Scripture says,

“If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat.
    If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.
By doing those things, you will pile up burning coals on their heads.” (Proverbs 25:21,22)

21 Don’t let evil overcome you. Overcome evil by doing good.

Mawu a Mulungu mu Chichewa Chalero

Aroma 12

Nsembe za Moyo

1Nʼchifukwa chake ine ndikukupemphani abale, mwa chifundo cha Mulungu, kuti mupereke matupi anu monga nsembe yamoyo, yopatulika ndi yokondweretsa Mulungu. Nsembeyi ndiye kupembedza kwanu kwa uzimu. Musafanizidwenso ndi makhalidwe a dziko lino koma musandulike pokonzanso maganizo anu. Ndipo mudzadziwa ndi kuzindikira chifuniro chabwino cha Mulungu chomwe ndi chokondweretsa ndi changwiro.

Chifukwa cha chisomo chopatsidwa kwa ine, ndinena kwa aliyense wa inu kuti musadziyenereze nokha kuposa mmene mulili. Koma mudziganizire nokha modzichepetsa, molingana ndi muyeso wa chikhulupiriro chimene Mulungu wakupatsani. Pakuti monga aliyense wa ife ali ndi thupi limodzi koma ziwalo zambiri, ziwalozi sizili ndi ntchito yofanana. Momwemonso mwa Khristu ife amene tili ambiri tipanga thupi limodzi ndipo chiwalo chilichonse ndi cholumikizika ku chinzake. Ife tili ndi mphatso zosiyana, molingana ndi chisomo chopatsidwa kwa ife. Ngati mphatso ya munthu ndi kunenera, musiyeni ayigwiritse ntchito molingana ndi chikhulupiriro chake. Ngati ndi kutumikira, musiyeni atumikire. Ngati ndi kuphunzitsa, musiyeni aphunzitse. Ngati ndi kulimbikitsa, musiyeni alimbikitse. Ngati ndi kupereka kuthandiza osowa, musiyeni apereke mowolowamanja. Ngati ndi utsogoleri, musiyeni alamulire mosamala. Ngati ndi kuonetsa chifundo, musiyeni achite mosangalala.

Chikondi

Chikondi chikhale chopanda chinyengo. Dana nacho choyipa; gwiritsitsa chabwino. 10 Mukondane kwathunthu monga abale. Lemekezanani wina ndi mnzake kuposa inu eni. 11 Musakhale aulesi mʼmachitidwe anu. Khalani achangu mu mzimu ndipo tumikirani Ambuye. 12 Kondwerani mʼchiyembekezo, pirirani mʼmasautso ndiponso khulupirikani mʼpemphero. 13 Gawanani ndi anthu a Mulungu amene ali ndi chosowa. Cherezani alendo.

14 Adalitseni amene akuzunzani. Adalitseni ndipo musawatemberere. 15 Kondwani pamodzi ndi amene akukondwa ndipo lirani ndi amene akulira. 16 Muyanjane wina ndi mnzake. Musakhale onyada, koma lolani kuyanjana ndi anthu wamba. Musaganize kuti mumadziwa zonse.

17 Musabwezere choyipa ndi choyipa kwa aliyense. Samalitsani kuchita chabwino pamaso pa aliyense. 18 Ngati nʼkotheka, khalani mwamtendere ndi aliyense monga momwe mungathere. 19 Okondedwa anga, musabwezere choyipa, koma lekerani Mulungu. Pakuti kwalembedwa, “Kubwezera chilango nʼkwanga. Ndidzawalanga ndine,” akutero Ambuye. 20 Koma,

“Ngati mdani wako ali ndi njala, mupatse chakudya.
    Ngati ali ndi ludzu, mupatse kanthu kakumwa.
Pochita ichi, udzamuwunjikira makala amoto pamutu pake.”

21 Musagonjetsedwe ndi choyipa, koma gonjetsani choyipa pochita chabwino.