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i love romans 12:1-2 its one of those passages that has time and time again spoken to me and challenged me.

the other day i re-read it and i discovered something wonderful…  romans 12 begins with the exhortation to not conform to the pattern of the world, but to be renewed by the Word of God… and then it goes on, from verse 9 and gives us guidelines that follow the pattern we SHOULD conform to, God’s ways and His will…  its a great pattern for relating to people and how to build the Kingdom of God in our real everyday lives.

Romans 12 – A Pattern For Real Life

Dear friends, God is good. So I beg you to offer your bodies to him as a living sacrifice, pure and pleasing. That’s the most sensible way to serve God. Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him.

  • be sincere in loving others
  • hate EVERYTHING that is evil
  • hold onto the good things
  • love each other like family
  • honour others above yourself
  • never give up
  • eagerly follow the Holy Spirit
  • serve God
  • let hope make you glad
  • be patient in hard times
  • never give up praying
  • take care of those in need
  • welcome everyone, even into your home and personal space
  • live opposite – bless instead of curse when you are cursed
  • joy with joy, weep with weeping – true caring and sharing life
  • be friendly to everyone
  • dont get a superiority complex

 

 

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.  Romans 12:1-2 MSG

 

Dear friends, God is good. So I beg you to offer your bodies to him as a living sacrifice, pure and pleasing. That’s the most sensible way to serve God. Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him.  Romans 12:1-2 CEV

 

I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].  Romans 12:1-2 AMP