A Living Sacrifice

12 Therefore, I urge you,(A) brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice,(B) holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform(C) to the pattern of this world,(D) but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.(E) Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is(F)—his good, pleasing(G) and perfect will.

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13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment(A) on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.(B) 14 I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself.(C) But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean.(D) 15 If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love.(E) Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died.(F) 16 Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil.(G) 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking,(H) but of righteousness, peace(I) and joy in the Holy Spirit,(J) 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.(K)

19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace(L) and to mutual edification.(M) 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food.(N) All food is clean,(O) but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble.(P) 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.(Q)

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Warning Against Idolatry

14 Do not be yoked together(A) with unbelievers.(B) For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?(C)

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16 So I say, walk by the Spirit,(A) and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.(B)

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10 For we are God’s handiwork,(A) created(B) in Christ Jesus to do good works,(C) which God prepared in advance for us to do.

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11 For the grace(A) of God has appeared(B) that offers salvation to all people.(C) 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions,(D) and to live self-controlled,(E) upright and godly lives(F) in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing(G) of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,(H) 14 who gave himself for us(I) to redeem us from all wickedness(J) and to purify(K) for himself a people that are his very own,(L) eager to do what is good.(M)

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We write this(A) to make our[a] joy complete.(B)

Light and Darkness, Sin and Forgiveness

This is the message we have heard(C) from him and declare to you: God is light;(D) in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness,(E) we lie and do not live out the truth.(F) But if we walk in the light,(G) as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all[b] sin.(H)

If we claim to be without sin,(I) we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.(J) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins(K) and purify us from all unrighteousness.(L) 10 If we claim we have not sinned,(M) we make him out to be a liar(N) and his word is not in us.(O)

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Footnotes

  1. 1 John 1:4 Some manuscripts your
  2. 1 John 1:7 Or every

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