As for me, brethren, if I am still a preacher of circumcision, how is it that I am still suffering persecution? In that case the Cross has ceased to be a stumbling-block!
Would to God that those who are unsettling your faith would even mutilate themselves.
You however, brethren, were called to freedom. Only do not turn your freedom into an excuse for giving way to your lower natures; but become bondservants to one another in a spirit of love.
For the entire Law has been obeyed when you have kept the single precept, which says, "You are to love your fellow man equally with yourself."
But if you are perpetually snarling and snapping at one another, beware lest you are destroyed by one another.
This then is what I mean. Let your lives be guided by the Spirit, and then you will certainly not indulge the cravings of your lower natures.
For the cravings of the lower nature are opposed to those of the Spirit, and the cravings of the Spirit are opposed to those of the lower nature; because these are antagonistic to each other, so that you cannot do everything to which you are inclined.
But if the Spirit is leading you, you are not subject to Law.
Now you know full well the doings of our lower natures. Fornication, impurity, indecency, idol-worship, sorcery;
enmity, strife, jealousy, outbursts of passion, intrigues, dissensions, factions, envyings;
hard drinking, riotous feasting, and the like. And as to these I forewarn you, as I have already forewarned you, that those who are guilty of such things will have no share in the Kingdom of God.