Don’t give up

Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who live by the Spirit should gently help that person back onto the right path. But be careful that you don’t fall into the same temptation yourself.

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way you will be obeying the law of Christ. If anyone thinks that they are too important to help someone else, they are only fooling themselves.

Pay careful attention to your own work. Tor then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct.

Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them.

Don’t be misled, God is not fooled, a man always harvests what he plants. Those who live only to satisfy their sinful nature will only harvest destruction from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.

See with what large letters I’m writing to you with my own hand!

Those who want you to be circumcised are only trying to look good to others. They’re hoping to avoid the persecution which comes with the cross of Christ. Indeed, even those who advocate circumcision don’t keep all of the law. They just want you to be circumcised so they can boast about it.

As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. By that cross the world has been crucified to me and I have been crucified to the world. Neither circumcision or uncircumcision is of any importance. All that matters is the new creation. May God’s peace and mercy be upon all who live by this principle, because they are the new people of God.

From now on, don’t let anyone trouble me, for I bear on my body the scars of Jesus.

Dear brothers and sisters, may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

Amen.

Paul

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