Bible Text & Cross-references:
Lessons of Christian virtues.
1 I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercy of God, *that you present
your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing to God, your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be reformed in the newness of
your mind: *that you may prove what is the good, and the acceptable, and the perfect will of God.
3 For I say, through the grace that is given me, to all that are among
you, not to be more wise than it behoveth to be wise, but to be wise unto sobriety: *and according as God hath divided to
every one the measure of faith.
4 For as in one body we have many members, but all the members have not
the same office:
5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one, members one
6 And having gifts different, according to the grace that is given us,
whether prophecy, according to the proportion of faith,
7 Or ministry, in ministering: or he that teacheth, in doctrine,
8 He that exhorteth in exhorting; he that giveth with simplicity; he that
ruleth with solicitude, he that sheweth mercy with cheerfulness.
9 Love without dissimulation. *Hating that which is evil, adhering to that
which is good:
10 *Loving one another with brotherly love; in honour preventing one another:
11 In solicitude not slothful: in spirit fervent: serving the Lord:
12 Rejoicing in hope: patient in tribulation: instant in prayer:
13 Communicating to the necessities of the saints: *pursuing hospitality.
14 Bless them that persecute you: bless, and curse not.
15 Rejoice with them that rejoice, weep with them that weep:
16 Being of one mind one towards another: not high-minded: but condescending
to the humble. Be not wise in your own conceits:
17 Rendering to no man evil for evil: *providing things good, not only
in the sight of God, but also in the sight of all men.
18 *If it be possible, as much as is in you, have peace with all men.
19 *Revenge not yourselves, my dearly beloved: but give place to wrath,
for it is written: **Revenge is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.
20 *But if thy enemy be hungry, give him to eat: if he thirst, give him
to drink: for, doing this, thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21 *Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil by good.
1: Philippians iv. 18.
2: Ephesians v. 17.; 1 Thessalonians iv. 3.
3: 1 Corinthians xii. 11.; Ephesians iv. 7.
9: Amos v. 15.
10: Ephesians iv. 3.; 1 Peter ii. 17.
13: Hebrews xiii. 2.; 1 Peter iv. 9.
17: 2 Corinthians viii. 21.
18: Hebrews xii. 14.
19: Ecclesiasticus xxviii. 1. and ii. 3. --- ** Matthew 5. 39.[v. 39.?]
20: Deuteronomy xxxii. 35.; Hebrews 10. 30.[x. 30.?]
21: Proverbs xxv. 21.