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Romans 12:1-21

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. 2Do 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

3For 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. 4For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your12:6 Or the faith; 7if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,12:8 Or to provide for others do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Love in Action

9Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.12:16 Or willing to do menial work Do not be conceited.

17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19Do 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,”12:19 Deut. 32:35 says the Lord. 20On 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.”12:20 Prov. 25:21,22

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

Knijga O Kristu

Rimljanima 12:1-21

Živa žrtva Bogu

1Zaklinjem vas, draga braćo, milosrđem Božjim da predate svoja tijela Bogu. Neka ona budu živa, sveta žrtva—njemu ugodna—da to bude vaša duhovna služba Bogu. 2Ne 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.

3Kao Božji poslanik upozoravam svakoga od vas: ne precjenjujte se! Cijenite sebe razborito, prema mjeri vjere koju vam je Bog dao. 4Baš kao što naša tijela imaju mnogo udova, a svaki od njih svoju zadaću, 5tako 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.

6Bog 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. 7Ako imate dar služiti drugima, svesrdno im služite. Ako ste učitelj, dobro poučavajte. 8Imate 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!

9Nemojte se samo pretvarati da volite ljude. Iskreno ih volite. Mrzite zlo. Zalažite se za dobro! 10Iskreno se volite i neka vam bude ugodno da jedni drugima iskazujete poštovanje. 11Ne budite lijeni, već revno i gorljivo služite Gospodinu!

12Radosno se nadajte svemu što vam je Bog namijenio. U nevolji budite strpljivi, u molitvi ustrajni. 13Pritječite u pomoć svetima koji su u potrebi i uvijek budite gostoljubivi!

14Progone li vas zato što ste Kristovi, ne proklinjite ih, nego se molite da ih Bog blagoslovi. 15Radujte se sa sretnima i plačite s ožalošćenima. 16Živite u slozi. Ne težite za visokim, nego budite skromni. Ne umišljajte sebi da ste mudri.

17Nikada nikome ne vraćajte zlo za zlo. Sve što činite, činite zalažući se za dobro. 18Trudite se da, ako je moguće, živite u miru sa svima. 19Dragi moji, nikada se ne osvećujte. Prepustite to Bogu jer u Svetome pismu piše:

“‘Osveta je moja;

ja ću vratiti onima koji to zaslužuju’,

veli Gospodin.”12:19 Ponovljeni zakon 32:35.

20Naprotiv,

“Ako ti je neprijatelj gladan, nahrani ga.

ako je žedan, daj mu piti.

Postupajući tako,

zgrnut ćeš goruću žeravicu na njegovu glavu.”12:20 Izreke 25:21-22.

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