5 It was to freedom that Christ liberated us; so stand firm and do not be held in a yoke of slavery again. 2 Here, it is I, Paul, that am telling you: if you get circumcised, Christ will not do you any good at all. 3 * And again I declare to every man who gets circumcised that he owes the performance of the whole of the law. 4 You are disengaged from Christ, you who are being justified by the law; you have dropped out of grace; 5 for we by the Spirit await on the basis of faith a hope of justification. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any effect, but faith active through love. 7 You were running finely; who interfered with you to keep you from obeying truth? 8 the pressure is not from the one who is calling you. 9 A little piece of yeast makes all the dough yeasty. 10 But I am confident of you in the Lord that you will not take any other attitude; but he who is disturbing you shall bear the sentence he gets, whoever he is. 11 But why am I, brothers, still being persecuted, if I am still preaching circumcision? then the difficulty of the cross is shelved. 12 * It would be a good thing if those who are unsettling you would do something more to themselves than circumcision. 13 For you, brothers, were called on terms of liberty; only do not make liberty an opening for the flesh, but be in slavery to each other through love. 14 * For all of the law is fulfilled in one proposition, to love one’s neighbor as one’s self. 15 But if you bite and eat each other, look out that you do not get used up by each other. 16 But I am saying, walk by the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the desire of flesh. 17 * For the flesh feels desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these two are opposed to each other in order that you may not do whatever you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 And the activities of the flesh are plain, which are unchastity, nastiness, indecency, 20 idolatry, witchcraft, hatreds, quarreling, jealousy, fits of passion, schemes of church politics, factions, dissensions, 21 envying, getting drunk, wild parties, and things similar to these; as to which I forewarn you, just as I did, that those who do such things will not inherit the Reign of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 meekness, self-mastery; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its susceptibilities and desires. 25 If we are alive by the Spirit, let us guide ourselves by the Spirit; 26 let us not grow pretentious, challenging each other, envying each other.
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