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Galatians 5:13-26 (Today's New International Version)

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Life by the Spirit

13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free.1 But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful naturea;2 rather, serve one another3 humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself."b4 15 If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. 16 So I say, walk by the Spirit,5 and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.6 17 For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.7 They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whateverc you want.8 18 But if you are led by the Spirit,9 you are not under the law.10 19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality,11 impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.12 I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.13 22 But the fruit14 of the Spirit is love,15 joy, peace,16 patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.17 Against such things there is no law.18 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature19 with its passions and desires.20 25 Since we live by the Spirit,21 let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited,22 provoking and envying each other.
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