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:
- 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.
- 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.
- It’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you….
- 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!)
- 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?
- 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.
- (the above are bullets of the verses 6-7)
- 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.
- Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.
- Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master,
- Be cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder.
- Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.
- Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath.
- Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down.
- Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.
- Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone.
- Get along with everybody.
- Don’t insist on getting even; (God will take care of that – paraphrased by me!)
- 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.
- Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.