You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion did not come from Him who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough. I have confidence [a]in you in the Lord that you will adopt no other view; but the one who is disturbing you will bear his judgment, whoever he is. But I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished. I wish that those who are troubling you would even [b]mutilate themselves.
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. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh [c]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 [d]please. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: [e]immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, [f]factions, 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. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who [g]belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also [h]walk by the Spirit. Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.
- Galatians 5:10 Lit toward
- Galatians 5:12 Or cut themselves off
- Galatians 5:17 Lit lusts against
- Galatians 5:17 Lit wish
- Galatians 5:19 I.e. sexual immorality
- Galatians 5:20 Or heresies
- Galatians 5:24 Lit are of Christ Jesus
- Galatians 5:25 Or follow the Spirit