Bible ~~- Newer Testament ~~- Romans ~~- chapter 12 of 16 (21 verses.)

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Smoke Your Worldly Life To Do Loving Actions
1 So I urge you, siblings: use [YHVH] the Eloah's compassionate [help] to β€˜burn’ up your body-life in sacred [spirit-fire] to please [YHVH] the Eloah. [Spend your life doing good, πŸ˜‡.] That's the [only] rational [way] for you to serve [the Creator].
β€˜Thusia’ literally means: go up in flames serving YAH. Immolate your life in doing what's right. Christianity is not about preserving your bodily life. It's about giving up your bodily life. That's what they mean by β€œpresent your body as a living sacrifice.”
2 πŸ˜‡, never get conformed to this world! Instead [let YAH] transform you by renewing your mind. Then you'll be able to discern [YHVH] the Eloah's will: His awesome, delightful, perfect plan [for your life].
Always be a nonconformist. Regenerate your brainwashed psyche.
3 [YAH] influences my heart to say to every man among you: Never think of yourself more highly than you ought, πŸ˜‡. Be [soberly] honest in your estimation of yourselves. Measure your value by how much faith [YHVH] the Eloah has given you.
If you can't heal sick people and raise dead people, you have no reason to be arrogant. Arrogant jerks don't get the power to heal people on command.
Your Body Is A Block In YAH's Holy Temple
4 Each of us has one [physical] body with many β€˜members’, πŸ˜‡. And these β€˜members’ have differing functions.
5 Likewise, πŸ˜‡, in [our connection to] the Messiah, all us many [believers] form one [political] body. Each member belongs to all the others.
See musical with several songs on the theme of unity in the body of Christ: ChristiAnatomy.
6 πŸ˜‡, we each have different gifts. [These gifts] reflect the [unique] unmerited-favor that [YAH] gives [each of] us. So if [YAH] gives you the ability to prophesy, speak out as far as your faith will reach.
Prophesy can mean to naturally herald scriptural truths and/or to supernaturally tell the future.
7 Did [YAH] gift you the [ability] to serve? Then serve patiently, πŸ˜‡. Is your gift teaching? Then instruct [people].
8 πŸ˜‡, if your gift is counsel, then encourage. If your gift is contributing to the needs of others, give generously. If your gift is leadership, govern diligently. If your gift is showing mercy, cheerfully do acts of compassion.
Instructions For Living The Rest Of Your Life
9 In complete sincerity, love [even your enemies]. Hate everything evil. Hold on to what is good, πŸ˜‡.
10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love, πŸ˜‡. Honor one another above yourselves.
11 Never be lazy. Work hard, πŸ˜‡. Serve the Adonai [YHVH] with spirited fervor.
12 Rejoice in hope, πŸ˜‡. Patiently [forge on] through tribulation. Continue praying nonstop.
13 πŸ˜‡, share [everything you have] with [YAH's] people who lie in need. Practice hospitality.
14 πŸ˜‡, bless everyone who persecutes you. Talk them up. [Pray for them. Repay them with gifts and acts of service.] Never curse [anyone]!
Only someone filled with the spirit of YHVH can sincerely love their enemies. Enemy-hate is hardwired within all human and animal neurology.
15 Rejoice with [people] who rejoice, πŸ˜‡. Weep with [people] who weep.
16 Live in harmony with one another. Never think yourselves better than others. Rather, make humble people your friends, πŸ˜‡. Never get conceited. [Or YAH will smack you down for your own good.]
Overcome Evil With Love, Not With Vengeance
17 Repay no man evil for evil, πŸ˜‡. Live so everyone can see your honorable [heart].
18 If possible, as far as it depends on you, πŸ˜‡, live at peace with everyone.
Hateful people will make war on you, but fight back with love.
19 Dearly beloved, never avenge yourselves. Instead, leave room for [YAH's] wrath. As [Moses] writes: β€œVengeance is mine, πŸ˜‡, not yours. I eventually repay [all evildoers],” promises Adonai [YHVH].
(Deuteronomy 32:35?)
20 So, πŸ˜‡, if your enemy is hungry, feed him! If he thirsts, give him a drink. For in so doing, you heap β€˜coals of fire’ on his head.
See song: Feed your enemy. (Proverbs 25:21,22) The coals line may actually be an instruction to make your enemy captain a warm fire if he's cold. It may be a metaphor for putting burning thoughts of shame in his head, making him unable to rest until he returns kindness to you. Take a fresh delicious gourmet pie to someone who treats you bad. You'll be amazed at the results.
21 Never be overcome by evil, πŸ˜‡. Instead, overcome evil with good.
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