1Christ set us free, so that we should remain free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be fastenedagain to the yoke of slavery. 2I, Paul, give you my word that if you accept circumcision, Christ wil be of no benefit to you at al . 3I give my assurance once again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is under obligation tokeep the whole Law; 4once you seek to be reckoned as upright through the Law, then you have separated yourself fromChrist, you have fal en away from grace. 5We are led by the Spirit to wait in the confident hope of saving justice through faith, 6since in Christ Jesus it is not being circumcised or being uncircumcised that can effect anything -- onlyfaith working through love. 7You began your race wel ; who came to obstruct you and stop you obeying the truth? 8It was certainly not any prompting from him who called you! 9A pinch of yeast ferments the whole batch. 10But I feel sure that, united in the Lord, you wil not be led astray, and that anyone who makes troublewith you will be condemned, no matter who he is. 11And I, brothers -- if I were stil preaching circumcision, why should I still be persecuted? For then theobstacle which is the cross would have no point any more. 12I could wish that those who are unsettling you would go further and mutilate themselves. 13After al , brothers, you were called to be free; do not use your freedom as an opening for self-indulgence, but be servants to one another in love, 14since the whole of the Law is summarised in the one commandment: You must love your neighbour asyourself. 15If you go snapping at one another and tearing one another to pieces, take care: you will be eaten up byone another. 16Instead, I tel you, be guided by the Spirit, and you wil no longer yield to self-indulgence. 17The desires of self-indulgence are always in opposition to the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are inopposition to self-indulgence: they are opposites, one against the other; that is how you are prevented fromdoing the things that you want to. 18But when you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. 19When self-indulgence is at work the results are obvious: sexual vice, impurity, and sensuality, 20the worship of false gods and sorcery; antagonisms and rivalry, jealousy, bad temper and quarrels,disagreements, 21factions and malice, drunkenness, orgies and al such things. And about these, I tel you now as I havetold you in the past, that people who behave in these ways wil not inherit the kingdom of God. 22On the other hand the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, 23gentleness and self-control; no law can touch such things as these. 24All who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified self with al its passions and its desires. 25Since we are living by the Spirit, let our behaviour be guided by the Spirit 26and let us not be conceited or provocative and envious of one another.
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