I am confident that since you are united with the Lord, you will take no other view; and I am confident that the one who has been disturbing you, whoever he may be, will have to bear his punishment.
And as for me, brothers, if I am still preaching that circumcision is necessary, why am I still being persecuted? If that were the case, my preaching about the execution-stake would cause no offense whatever.
I wish the people who are bothering you would go the whole way and castrate themselves!
For, brothers, you were called to be free. Only do not let that freedom become an excuse for allowing your old nature to have its way. Instead, serve one another in love.
For the whole of the Torah is summed up in this one sentence: "Love your neighbor as yourself";k
but if you go on snapping at each other and tearing each other to pieces, watch out, or you will be destroyed by each other!
What I am saying is this: run your lives by the Spirit. Then you will not do what your old nature wants.
For the old nature wants what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit wants what is contrary to the old nature. These oppose each other, so that you find yourselves unable to carry out your good intentions.
But if you are led by the Spirit, then you are not in subjection to the system that results from perverting the Torah into legalism.
And it is perfectly evident what the old nature does. It expresses itself in sexual immorality, impurity and indecency;
involvement with the occult and with drugs; in feuding, fighting, becoming jealous and getting angry; in selfish ambition, factionalism, intrigue