5So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.G4739G3767G1657G3739G5547G1659G2248G1659G2532G1758G3361G1758G3825G2218G1397 2Listen! I, Paul, tell you this: If you are counting on circumcision to make you right with God, then Christ will be of no benefit to you.G2396G1473G3972G3004G5213G3754G1437G4059G5547G5623G5209G3762 3I’ll say it again. If you are trying to find favor with God by being circumcised, you must obey every regulation in the whole law of Moses.G1161G3143G3825G3956G444G4059G3754G2076G3781G4160G3650G3551 4For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace.G5547G575G2673G3748G1344G1722G3551G1601G5485 5But we who live by the Spirit eagerly wait to receive by faith the righteousness God has promised to us.G1063G2249G4151G553G1680G1343G1537G4102 6For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love.G1063G1722G2424G5547G3777G4061G2480G5100G3777G203G235G4102G1754G1223G26 7You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth?G5143G2573G5101G348G1465G5209G3982G3361G3982G225 8It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom.G3988G3756G1537G2564G5209 9This false teaching is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough!G3398G2219G2220G3650G5445 10I am trusting the Lord to keep you from believing false teachings. God will judge that person, whoever he is, who has been confusing you.G1473G3982G1519G5209G1722G2962G3754G5426G3762G243G5426G1161G5015G5209G941G2917G3748G302G5600 11Dear brothers and sisters, if I were still preaching that you must be circumcised—as some say I do—why am I still being persecuted? If I were no longer preaching salvation through the cross of Christ, no one would be offended.G1161G1473G80G1487G2784G2089G2784G4061G5101G1377G2089G1377G686G2673G4625G4716G2673 12I just wish that those troublemakers who want to mutilate you by circumcision would mutilate themselves.G3785G609G2532G609G387G5209 13For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.G1063G80G5210G2564G1909G1657G3440G3361G1657G1519G874G4561G235G1223G26G1398G240 14For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”G1063G3956G3551G4137G1722G1520G3056G1722G25G4675G4139G5613G1438 15But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another.G1161G1487G1143G2532G2719G240G991G335G3361G355G240G5259G240 16So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.G3004G1161G4043G4151G2532G5055G3364G5055G1939G4561 17The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.G1063G4561G1937G2596G4151G1161G4151G2596G4561G1161G5023G480G240G2443G3363G4160G5023G3739G302G2309 18But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.G1161G1487G71G4151G2075G3756G5259G3551 19When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures,G1161G2041G4561G2076G5318G3748G2076G3430G4202G167G766 20idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division,G1495G5331G2189G2054G2205G2372G2052G1370G139 21envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.G5355G5408G3178G2970G2532G5125G3664G3739G4302G5213G4302G2531G4277G2532G4277G3754G4238G5108G2816G3756G2816G932G2316 22But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,G1161G2590G4151G2076G26G5479G1515G3115G5544G19G4102 23gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!G4236G1466G2596G5108G2076G3756G3551 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.G1161G3588G5547G4717G4561G4862G3804G2532G1939 25Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.G1487G2198G4151G4748G2532G4748G4151 26Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.G1096G3361G1096G2755G4292G240G5354G240
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