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STAND firm therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us free, and be not harnessed again under the yoke of servitude.
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Behold, I, Paul, tell you that if you are circumcised, then Christ is of no benefit to you.
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For I testify again to every man who is circumcised, that he is under obligation to fulfill the whole law.
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You have ceased to adhere to Christ, who seek justification by the law;
you are fallen from grace.
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For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
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For in Christ Jesus neither is circumcision anything nor uncircumcision, but faith which is accomplished by love.
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You were progressing well;
who confused you that you should not obey the truth?
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Your persuasion comes from him who called you.
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A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
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I have confidence in you through our Lord, that you will consider no other beliefs, that he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he is.
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And I, my brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why should I be persecuted?
Why?
Has the cross ceased to be a stumbling block?
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I wish those who are troubling you would be expelled.
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¶ For, my brethren, you have been called to liberty;
only do not use your liberty for an occasion to the things of the flesh, but by love serve one another.
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For the whole law is fulfilled in one saying, that is, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
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But if you harm and plunder one another, take heed lest you be consumed one by another.
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This I say then: Lead a spiritual life, and you shall never commit the lust of the flesh.
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For the flesh craves that which is harmful to the Spirit, and the Spirit opposes the things of the flesh;
and the two are contrary to one another, so that you are unable to do whatever you please.
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But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
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For the works of the flesh are well known, which are these: adultery, impurity, and lasciviousness,
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Idolatry, witchcraft, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, stubbornness, seditions, heresies,
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Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and all such things;
those who practice these things, as I have told you before and I say to you now, shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
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But the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith,
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Meekness, self-control;
there is no law against these.
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And those who belong to Christ have controlled their weaknesses and passions.
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Let us therefore live in the Spirit, and surrender to the Spirit.
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Let us not be desirous of vainglory, provoking one another, envying one another.