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Galatians 6 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day's out. 1 Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.
2 Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ's law. 2 Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
3 If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived. 3 If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
4 Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don't be impressed with yourself. Don't compare yourself with others. 4 Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else,
5 Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life. 5 for each one should carry his own load.
6 Be very sure now, you who have been trained to a self-sufficient maturity, that you enter into a generous common life with those who have trained you, sharing all the good things that you have and experience. 6 Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor.
7 Don't be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others - ignoring God! - 7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
8 harvests a crop of weeds. All he'll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God's Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life. 8 The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
9 So let's not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don't give up, or quit. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
10 Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
11 Now, in these last sentences, I want to emphasize in the bold scrawls of my personal handwriting the immense importance of what I have written to you. 11 See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand!
12 These people who are attempting to force the ways of circumcision on you have only one motive: They want an easy way to look good before others, lacking the courage to live by a faith that shares Christ's suffering and death. All their talk about the law is gas. 12 Those who want to make a good impression outwardly are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ.
13 They themselves don't keep the law! And they are highly selective in the laws they do observe. They only want you to be circumcised so they can boast of their success in recruiting you to their side. That is contemptible! 13 Not even those who are circumcised obey the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your flesh.
14 For my part, I am going to boast about nothing but the Cross of our Master, Jesus Christ. Because of that Cross, I have been crucified in relation to the world, set free from the stifling atmosphere of pleasing others and fitting into the little patterns that they dictate. 14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
15 Can't you see the central issue in all this? It is not what you and I do - submit to circumcision, reject circumcision. It is what God is doing, and he is creating something totally new, a free life! 15 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation.
16 All who walk by this standard are the true Israel of God - his chosen people. Peace and mercy on them! 16 Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, even to the Israel of God.
17 Quite frankly, I don't want to be bothered anymore by these disputes. I have far more important things to do - the serious living of this faith. I bear in my body scars from my service to Jesus. 17 Finally, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.
18 May what our Master Jesus Christ gives freely be deeply and personally yours, my friends. Oh, yes! 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.