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Romans 12

A Living Sacrifice

1Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Humble Service in the Body of Christ

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Love in Action

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[c] Do not be conceited.

17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[d] says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
    if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”[e]

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Footnotes

  1. Romans 12:6 Or the
  2. Romans 12:8 Or to provide for others
  3. Romans 12:16 Or willing to do menial work
  4. Romans 12:19 Deut. 32:35
  5. Romans 12:20 Prov. 25:21,22

Knijga O Kristu

Poslanica Rimljanima 12

živa žrtva Bogu

1Zaklinjem vas, draga braćo, milosrđem Božjim da predate svoja tijela Bogu. Neka ona budu živa, sveta žrtva - njemu ugodna.

Ne oponašajte ponašanje i običaje ovoga svijeta, već dopustite da vas Bog promijeni u novu osobu mijenjajući vaš način razmišljanja. Tada ćete znati što Bog želi da činite, što je njemu dobro, ugodno i savršeno.

Kao Božji poslanik upozoravam svakoga od vas: ne precjenjujte se! Cijenite sebe razborito, prema mjeri vjere koju vam je Bog dao.

Baš kao što naša tijela imaju mnogo udova, a svaki od njih svoju zadaću,

tako je i s Kristovim tijelom. Svi smo mi udovi njegova tijela i svatko treba obavljati različitu zadaću. A kako smo u Kristu jedno tijelo, pripadamo jedni drugima i svatko od nas treba sve druge.

Bog je svakome od nas dao sposobnost da neke zadaće dobro obavljamo. Zato, ako vam je Bog dao dar prorokovanja, govorite kada vjerujete da Bog govori kroz vas.

Ako imate dar služiti drugima, svesrdno im služite. Ako ste učitelj, dobro poučavajte.

Imate li dara da hrabrite druge, činite tako! Imate li novca, velikodušno ga dijelite. Ako vam je Bog dao sposobnost vodstva, ozbiljno shvaćajte svoju odgovornost. Imate li dar milosrđa, radosno ga iskazujte!

Nemojte se samo pretvarati da volite ljude. Iskreno ih volite. Mrzite zlo. Zalažite se za dobro!

10 Iskreno se volite i neka vam bude ugodno da jedni drugima iskazujete poštovanje.

11 Ne budite lijeni, već revno i gorljivo služite Gospodinu!

12 Radosno se nadajte svemu što vam je Bog namijenio. U nevolji budite strpljivi, u molitvi ustrajni.

13 Pritječite u pomoć svetima koji su u potrebi i uvijek budite gostoljubivi!

14 Progone li vas zato što ste Kristovi, ne proklinjite ih, nego se molite da ih Bog blagoslovi.

15 Radujte se sa sretnima i plačite s ožalošćenima.

16 živite u slozi. Ne težite za visokim, nego budite skromni. Ne umišljajte sebi da ste mudri.

17 Nikada nikome ne vraćajte zlo za zlo. Sve što činite, činite zalažući se za dobro.

18 Trudite se da, ako je moguće, živite u miru sa svima.

19 Dragi moji, nikada se ne osvećujte. Prepustite to Bogu jer u Svetome pismu piše:
    '"Osveta je moja;
            ja ću vratiti onima koji to zaslužuju

20 Naprotiv,
    'ako ti je neprijatelj gladan, nahrani ga.
    ako je žedan, daj mu piti.
    Postupajući tako,
            zgrnut ćeš goruću žeravicu na njegovu glavu.'[a]

21 Ne daj te svlada zlo, nego zlo svladavaj dobrim.

Footnotes

  1. Poslanica Rimljanima 12:20 Izreke 25:21-22.