11 “For this commandment which I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it far away.

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Dedicated Service

12 Therefore (A)I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to (B)present your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, [a]acceptable to God, which is your [b]spiritual service of worship. And do not (C)be conformed to (D)this [c]world, but be transformed by the (E)renewing of your mind, so that you may [d](F)prove what the will of God is, that which is good and [e]acceptable and perfect.

For through (G)the grace given to me I say to everyone among you (H)not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to (I)each a measure of faith.

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  1. Romans 12:1 Or pleasing
  2. Romans 12:1 I.e., in contrast to offering a literal sacrifice
  3. Romans 12:2 Or age
  4. Romans 12:2 Or discover
  5. Romans 12:2 Or pleasing

18 But if you are (A)led by the Spirit, (B)you are not under the Law. 19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: (C)sexual immorality, impurity, indecent behavior, 20 idolatry, (D)witchcraft, hostilities, (E)strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, (F)selfish ambition, dissensions, (G)factions, 21 envy, (H)drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not (I)inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But (J)the fruit of the Spirit is (K)love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, (L)self-control; against such things (M)there is no law. 24 Now those who [a]belong to (N)Christ Jesus (O)crucified the flesh with its passions and (P)desires.

25 If we live by the Spirit, let’s follow (Q)the Spirit as well.

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  1. Galatians 5:24 Lit are of Christ Jesus

God Is Love

(A)Beloved, let’s (B)love one another; for love is from God, and (C)everyone who loves has been (D)born of God and (E)knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, because (F)God is love. By this the love of God was revealed [a](G)in us, that (H)God has sent His only Son into the world so that we may live through Him. 10 In this is love, (I)not that we loved God, but that (J)He loved us and sent His Son to be (K)the [b]propitiation for our sins. 11 (L)Beloved, if God so loved us, (M)we also ought to love one another. 12 (N)No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God remains in us, and His (O)love is perfected in us. 13 (P)By this we know that we remain in Him and He in us, because He has given to us of His Spirit. 14 We have seen and (Q)testify that the Father has (R)sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

15 (S)Whoever confesses that (T)Jesus is the Son of God, God (U)remains in him, and he in God. 16 (V)We have come to know and have believed the love which God has [c](W)for us. (X)God is love, and the one who (Y)remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. 17 By this, (Z)love is perfected with us, so that we may have (AA)confidence in (AB)the day of judgment; because (AC)as He is, we also are in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but (AD)perfect love drives out fear, because fear [d]involves punishment, and the one who fears is not (AE)perfected in love. 19 (AF)We love, because He first loved us. 20 (AG)If someone says, “I love God,” and yet he (AH)hates his brother or sister, he is a (AI)liar; for (AJ)the one who does not love his brother and sister whom he has seen, (AK)cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 21 And (AL)this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God (AM)must also love his brother and sister.

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  1. 1 John 4:9 Or among us; or in our case
  2. 1 John 4:10 I.e., means of reconciliation with God by atoning for sins; or sin-offering
  3. 1 John 4:16 Lit in
  4. 1 John 4:18 Lit has