Romans 12:9-21

Love people and help them

9 Really love other people, not like a hypocrite. Hate anything that is bad. Continue to do things that are good. 10 Love each other truly like brothers and sisters. Be really happy to respect other Christians. 11 Do not be lazy, but always work hard. Serve the Lord well because you enjoy it. 12 Be happy, because you can trust God to do what he says. Be patient when you have troubles. Always continue to pray. 13 If any of God's people need anything, then help them with what you have. Always be happy to let people stay in your home.

14 Ask God to bless people who cause trouble for you. Yes, ask him to be kind to them. Do not ask him to do bad things to them. 15 If you are with someone who is happy, you should also be happy. If you are with someone who is sad, you should also be sad. 16 Always try to agree and to be friends with each other. Do not be proud. Be friends with people who are not important. Do not think that you know everything.

17 If someone has done bad things against you, do not do bad things back to them. Try to live in a good way so that people will respect you. They will see that you do good things. 18 If it is possible, try always to be friends with other people.

19 My friends, if someone has done bad things to you, do not try to punish them yourselves. Instead, let God be angry and punish them. This is what is written in the Bible:

‘The Lord God says,

“When people do something wrong,

I am the one who will punish them.

I will pay them back.” ’

20 But the Bible also says this:

12:20See Proverbs 25:21

‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him.

If he is thirsty, give him something to drink.

If you help your enemy, he will become ashamed.

He will be sorry because of what he did to you.’

21 Do not let evil things win against you! Instead, do good things. Then you will win against the evil things that people do.