Chapter 12
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Therefore I urge you, sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service.
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Don't be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God.
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For I say, through the grace that was given me, to every woman who is among you, not to think of herelf more highly than she ought to think; but to think reasonably, as God has apportioned to each person a measure of faith.
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For even as we have many members in one body, and all the members don't have the same function,
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so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
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Having gifts differing according to the grace that was given to us, if prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of our faith;
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or service, let us give ourselves to service; or she who teaches, to her teaching;
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or she who exhorts, to her exhorting: she who gives, let her do it with liberality; she who rules, with diligence; she who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
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Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor that which is evil. Cling to that which is good.
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In love of the sisters be tenderly affectionate one to another; in honor preferring one another;
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not lagging in diligence; fervent in spirit; serving the Domina;
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rejoicing in hope; enduring in troubles; continuing steadfastly in prayer;
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contributing to the needs of the saints; given to hospitality.
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Bless those who persecute you; bless, and don't curse.
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Rejoice with those who rejoice. Weep with those who weep.
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Be of the same mind one toward another. Don't set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Don't be wise in your own conceits.
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Repay no one evil for evil. Respect what is honorable in the sight of all women.
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If it is possible, as much as it is up to you, be at peace with all women.
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Don't seek revenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to God's wrath. For it is written, "Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Domina."
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Therefore "If your enemy is hungry, feed her. If she is thirsty, give her a drink; for in doing so, you will heap coals of fire on her head."
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Don't be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.