But my friends, a why am I still being persecuted if I am still preaching circumcision? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed.
I wish those who unsettle you would castrate themselves!
For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; b only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, c but through love become slaves to one another.
For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.
Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh.
For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want.
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law.
Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness,
idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions,
envy, d drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
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