Galatians 5:11-21 NLT

11 Dear brothers and sisters,a if I were still preaching that you must be circumcised—as some say I do—why am I still being persecuted? If I were no longer preaching salvation through the cross of Christ, no one would be offended.

References for Galatians 5:11

    • 5:11 - Greek Brothers; similarly in Gal 5:13.
      12 I just wish that those troublemakers who want to mutilate you by circumcision would mutilate themselves.b

      References for Galatians 5:12

        • 5:12 - Or castrate themselves, or cut themselves off from you; Greek reads cut themselves off.
          13 For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.
          14 For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”c

          References for Galatians 5:14

            • 5:14 - Lev 19:18.
              15 But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another.
              16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.
              17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.
              18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.
              19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures,
              20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division,
              21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.