Galatians 6 [Clear Word]
21. DELAYED GRATIFICATION LIFESTYLE
1 Brothers, if one of your members is overcome by temptation, then let those who are more spiritually mature help to bring him back to the Lord, remembering that you, too, can be overcome by temptation. 2 Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you'll be doing what Christ Himself would do. 3 If someone thinks that he's somebody when he's really nobody, he's just fooling himself. 4 Each one should evaluate his own conduct. If it's good, he'll feel content and won't have to be comparing himself with others all the time. 5 In the final analysis, everyone is responsible for his own conduct and has to carry his own load. 6 Anyone being taught the gospel should rejoice in all the good things he was taught. 7 Don't be deceived. No one can fool God. Whatever a man sows, that's what he'll reap. 8 If a man invests time and energy in fulfilling the desires of his sinful nature, he'll reap for himself spiritual decay and eternal death. But if he invests time and talents in what the Holy Spirit leads him to do, then he'll reap spiritual strength and eternal life. 9 Let's not become tired of doing good, for in time, we'll reap the spiritual harvest if we don't give up. 10 We should be kind to everyone at every opportunity, especially to fellow Christians. 11 Now I want you to notice the change in handwriting. The reason it's larger is because I'm writing these closing remarks with my own hand. 12 Those people who are trying to compromise the gospel by forcing you to be circumcised are doing it for fear of the Jews. They don't want to come right out and say that Christ doesn't require circumcision because they'd be persecuted by their own countrymen. 13 Have you noticed that those who urge you to be circumcised are not consistent? Many of them don't keep all the ceremonial laws themselves. Why then are they putting so much emphasis on the importance of circumcision? They not only want to avoid persecution, but they also like to boast about how many Gentile Christians they have convinced to be circumcised. 14 As far as I'm concerned, my boasting will continue to be about the Lord Jesus Christ. My interest in status-seeking was killed when I accepted Christ's death on the cross, and ever since then, I have had absolutely no interest in pushing my own reputation. 15 Christ doesn't care whether a person is circumcised or not. What really matters is whether a person has been recreated in Jesus Christ and is different from what he was before. 16 Those who focus on Jesus and on living His life will receive God's blessing, His peace and His mercy. 17 From now on, don't bring up this subject of circumcision again. Don't stir up any more trouble over it. I have scars all over my body from beatings I received to bring you the pure gospel. 18 Dear brothers, may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you. Amen.