(1-2) A Living Sacrifice
How are we to respond to the mercies of God? By presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice that is dead to flesh and sin, but alive to do His will. Only this is holy and acceptable and pleasing to God. We will not know God’s good and perfect will for our lives by following the world. We can only know His will through having a sacrificed body and a renewed mind.
(3-8) Gifts of Grace
The grace of God ought to humble us. We should not think we are more important than others because we have a certain gift or ability. Instead, we realize that whatever gift or ability we have comes from God and should be used with generosity and cheerfulness for the glory of God and for the benefit of others.
(9-21) Marks of the True Christian
My actions as a believer in Jesus the Christ do not always mirror this passage, but the characteristics that Paul lays out here are characteristics that should be consistently evident in the lives of every Christian. The defining characteristic of a Christian is that love. Our love should be genuine. It should hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good, and always be looking for ways to serve others. Our love should create within us a spirit that does not desire to fight back even when we are harmed. Our love should cause us to treat our enemies as if they were our friends. Our love should help us overcome evil with good, each and every day.
Favorite verse: (21) Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.