2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
A Living Sacrifice
When we offer ourselves to live for the Lord, we begin a process of inner transformation which will lead to an entirely new outlook on life.
3 … Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, … 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
The world’s way is competitive, with each individual seeking to be superior to others. In Christ’s body a new way is made possible: a way of cooperation and true interdependence. In Christ each person is valued, for each has a spiritual gift which enables him to contribute to others. There is no room to “think of yourself more highly than you ought,” for we are all needed and all important.
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. … 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
This chapter explains both how to be as an individual and how to live with others. As an individual, we should be transformed to live a holy life. And, as a member of Christ’s church, we must have sincere love for each other and treat everybody equally.