Stand Fast in Liberty
5 1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free ; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery . 2 Behold I, Paul , say to you that if you receive circumcision , Christ will be of no benefit to you. 3 And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision , that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law . 4 You have been severed from Christ , you who are seeking to be justified by law ; you have fallen from grace . 5 For we through the Spirit , by faith , are waiting for the hope of righteousness . 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything , but faith working through love . 7 You were running well ; who hindered you from obeying the truth ? 8 This persuasion did not come from Him who calls you. 9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough. 10 I have confidence in you in the Lord that you will adopt no other view ; but the one who is disturbing you will bear his judgment , whoever e he is. 11 But I, brethren , if I still preach circumcision , why am I still persecuted ? Then the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished . 12 I wish that those who are troubling you would even mutilate themselves.
13 For you were called to freedom , brethren ; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh , but through love serve one another . 14 For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word , in the statement, " YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF ." 15 But if you bite and devour one another , take care that you are not consumed by one another .
The Fruit of the Spirit and the Works of the Flesh
16 But I say , walk by the Spirit , and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh . 17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit , and the Spirit against the flesh ; for these are in opposition to one another , so that you may not do the things that you please . 18 But if you are led by the Spirit , you are not under the Law . 19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident , which are: immorality , impurity , sensuality , 20 idolatry , sorcery , enmities , strife , jealousy , outbursts of anger , disputes , dissensions , factions , 21 envying , drunkenness , carousing , and things like these , of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God . 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love , joy , peace , patience , kindness , goodness , faithfulness , 23 gentleness , self-control ; against such things there is no law . 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires . 25 If we live by the Spirit , let us also walk by the Spirit . 26 Let us not become boastful , challenging one another , envying one another .