In Romans 12, Paul tells us that true and proper worship on our part, in light of God’s mercy, is to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to God, a sacrifice that would be holy and pleasing to God. We are then transformed as our minds are renewed, which allows us to test and approve whether something is a part of God’s good, pleasing, and perfect will. In accordance with the faith given to us by God, our bodies, which we just offered to God, are now members of the body of Christ. Just as each member of our own bodies has a function, we too each have a purpose in the body of Christ, according to the gifts given to us by grace. In addition, we are to love and honor one another, hating what is evil, clinging to what is good, and being joyful in times of hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. We are to bless those who persecute us, rejoice with those who rejoice, and mourn with those who mourn. The chapter concludes with Paul reminding us that we are not to be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with goodness.
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