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1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.


and acceptable [pleasing] to God,

Such dedication as described in the earlier part of this verse pleases God; it is worthy of His acceptance. It is a satisfying thing to bring pleasure to God.

1 Pe 2:5, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

“Acceptable” is a compound word made up of two words: pleasing or approved and good or well. It is something well approved, eminently satisfactory to God.


The goal of the believer is to please God.


Some sacrifices in the Old Testament were not acceptable to God because they were ceremonially unclean. The goal of the Christian is to live a life for God that pleases Him. God is satisfied with such a life.

Phil 4:18, Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.

He 13:15-16, 15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. 16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.