Romans 12:1-2 (KJV)
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Romans 13:1-14 (CEV)
1 Obey the rulers who have authority over you. Only God can give authority to anyone, and he puts these rulers in their places of power.
2 People who oppose the authorities are opposing what God has done, and they will be punished.
3 Rulers are a threat to evil people, not to good people. There is no need to be afraid of the authorities. Just do right, and they will praise you for it.
4 After all, they are God's servants, and it is their duty to help you. If you do something wrong, you ought to be afraid, because these rulers have the right to punish you. They are God's servants who punish criminals to show how angry God is.
5 But you should obey the rulers because you know it is the right thing to do, and not just because of God's anger.
6 You must also pay your taxes. The authorities are God's servants, and it is their duty to take care of these matters.
7 Pay all that you owe, whether it is taxes and fees or respect and honor.
8 Let love be your only debt! If you love others, you have done all that the Law demands.
9 In the Law there are many commands, such as, "Be faithful in marriage. Do not murder. Do not steal. Do not want what belongs to others." But all of these are summed up in the command that says, "Love others as much as you love yourself."
10 No one who loves others will harm them. So love is all that the Law demands.
11 You know what sort of times we live in, and so you should live properly. It is time to wake up. You know that the day when we will be saved is nearer now than when we first put our faith in the Lord.
12 Night is almost over, and day will soon appear. We must stop behaving as people do in the dark and be ready to live in the light.
13 So behave properly, as people do in the day. Don't go to wild parties or get drunk or be vulgar or indecent. Don't quarrel or be jealous.
14 Let the Lord Jesus Christ be as near to you as the clothes you wear. Then you won't try to satisfy your selfish desires.
Romans 14:1-23 (CEV)
1 Welcome all the Lord's followers, even those whose faith is weak. Don't criticize them for having beliefs that are different from yours.
2 Some think it is all right to eat anything, while [others] those whose faith is weak will eat only vegetables.
3 But you should not criticize others for eating or for not eating. After all, God welcomes everyone.
4 What right do you have to criticize someone else's servants? Only their Lord can decide if they are doing right, and the Lord will make sure that they do right.
5 Some of the Lord's followers think one day is more important than another. Others think all days are the same. But each of you should make up your own mind.
6 Any followers who count one day more important than another day do it to honor their Lord. And any followers who eat meat give thanks to God, just like the ones who don't eat meat.
7 Whether we live or die, it must be for God, rather than for ourselves.
8 Whether we live or die, it must be for the Lord. Alive or dead, we still belong to the Lord.
9 This is because Christ died and rose to life, so that he would be the Lord of the dead and of the living.
10 Why do you criticize other followers of the Lord? Why do you look down on them? The day is coming when God will judge all of us.
11 In the Scriptures God says, "I swear by my very life that everyone will kneel down and praise my name!"
12 And so, each of us must give an account to God for what we do.
13 We must stop judging others. We must also make up our minds not to upset anyone's faith.
14 The Lord Jesus has made it clear to me that God considers all foods fit to eat. But if you think some foods are unfit to eat, then for you they are not fit.
15 If you are hurting others by the foods you eat, you are not guided by love. Don't let your appetite destroy someone Christ died for.
16 Don't let your right to eat bring shame to Christ.
17 God's kingdom isn't about eating and drinking. It is about pleasing God, about living in peace, and about true happiness. All this comes from the Holy Spirit.
18 If you serve Christ in this way, you will please God and be respected by people.
19 We should try to live at peace and help each other have a strong faith.
20 Don't let your appetite destroy what God has done. All foods are fit to eat, but it is wrong to cause problems for others by what you eat.
21 It is best not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else that causes problems for other followers of the Lord.
22 What you believe about these things should be kept between you and God. You are fortunate, if your actions don't make you have doubts.
23 But if you do have doubts about what you eat, you are going against your beliefs. And you know that is wrong, because anything you do against your beliefs is sin.
Romans 15:1-6 (CEV)
1 If our faith is strong, we should be patient with the Lord's followers whose faith is weak. We should try to please them instead of ourselves.
2 We should think of their good and try to help them by doing what pleases them.
3 Even Christ did not try to please himself. But as the Scriptures say, "The people who insulted you also insulted me."
4 And the Scriptures were written to teach and encourage us by giving us hope.
5 God is the one who makes us patient and cheerful. I pray that he will help you live at peace with each other, as you follow Christ.
6 Then all of you together will praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.