Great Instruction for Everyday

I found the version of the bible The Message Online today quite by accident. If you would like to read a version that speaks plain every day language, I would suggest this version. You of course can purchase your own also.
I’ve created a checklist from Romans 12:1-21  – a portion of each verse is something for us to do or not do….It simply is great instruction for every day living:
  1. Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.
  2. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. 
  3. It’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you….
  4. We are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. (remember we are parts of the church that make up a whole-paraphrased by me!)
  5. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? 
  6. Let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.
    • If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else;
    • if you help, just help, don’t take over;
    • if you teach, stick to your teaching;
    • if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy;
    • if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate;
    • if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond;
    • if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face.
  7. (the above are bullets of the verses 6-7)
  8. Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. (8A): Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good.
  9. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.
  10. Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master,
  11. Be cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder.
  12. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.
  13. Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath.
  14. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down.
  15. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.
  16. Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone.
  17. Get along with everybody.
  18. Don’t insist on getting even; (God will take care of that – paraphrased by me!)
  19. If you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness.
  20. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.
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