Brothers and sisters, I am not still preaching that people must be circumcised. If I were, why am I still being opposed? If that were what I preach, then the cross wouldn't upset anyone.
So then, what about troublemakers who try to get others to be circumcised? I wish they would go the whole way! I wish they would cut off everything that marks them as men!
My brothers and sisters, you were chosen to be free. But don't use your freedom as an excuse to live in sin. Instead, serve one another in love.
The whole law can be found in a single command. "Love your neighbor as you love yourself."#1(Leviticus 19:18)#2
You must not keep on biting each other. You must not keep eating each other up. Watch out! You might destroy each other.
So I say, live by the Holy Spirit's power. Then you will not do what your sinful nature wants you to do.
The sinful nature does not want what the Spirit delights in. And the Spirit does not want what the sinful nature delights in. The two are at war with each other. That's what makes you do what you don't want to do.
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the authority of the law.
What the sinful nature does is clear. It enjoys sexual sins, impure acts and wild living.
It worships statues of gods. It also worships evil powers. It is full of hatred and fighting. It is full of jealousy and fits of anger. It is interested only in getting ahead. It stirs up trouble. It separates people into their own little groups.
It wants what others have. It gets drunk and takes part in wild parties. It does many things of that kind. I warn you now as I did before. People who live like that will not receive God's kingdom.