Passage: Galatians 5, 6 (RSV)

Galatians 5

1For freedom Christ has set us free; stand fast therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
2Now I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you.
3I testify again to every man who receives circumcision that he is bound to keep the whole law.
4You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace.
5For through the Spirit, by faith, we wait for the hope of righteousness.
6For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is of any avail, but faith working through love.
7You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?
8This persuasion is not from him who calls you.
9A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
10I have confidence in the Lord that you will take no other view than mine; and he who is troubling you will bear his judgment, whoever he is.
11But if I, brethren, still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? In that case the stumbling block of the cross has been removed.
12I wish those who unsettle you would mutilate themselves!
13For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love be servants of one another.
14For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
15But if you bite and devour one another take heed that you are not consumed by one another.
16But I say, walk by the Spirit, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh.
17For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you would.
18But if you are led by the Spirit you are not under the law.
19Now the works of the flesh are plain: fornication, impurity, licentiousness,
20idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit,
21envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law.
24And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.
26Let us have no self-conceit, no provoking of one another, no envy of one another.

Galatians 6

1Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Look to yourself, lest you too be tempted.
2Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
3For if any one thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
4But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.
5For each man will have to bear his own load.
6Let him who is taught the word share all good things with him who teaches.
7Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
8For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption; but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
9And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.
10So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
11See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand.
12It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that would compel you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.
13For even those who receive circumcision do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may glory in your flesh.
14But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
15For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.
16Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of God.
17Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.
18The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.

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