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1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. 5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. 7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? 8 This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. 9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. 10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be. 11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased. 12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you. 13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. 16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

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1 Andrew B = "In his letter to the burgeoning Christian community of Galatia, Paul the Apostle wants to make it clear to the newly converts that they should not see themselves as obligated to the Laws of Moses (“For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.”). Paul only believes in the freedom imparted upon early Christians by their faith in the Messiah. There was a lot of initial resistance from the first Jewish followers of the Lord to allow Gentiles to join their ranks. This is where Paul was instrumental, in breaking down the barriers between these two communities to unite them in the freedom of the Good News of the Lord (“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”). Paul insists that a true follower of the Lord should abstain from all forms of debauchery and immoral behaviour (“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”). Those who abide in the Messiah have managed to exert sufficient control over their earthly desires to “inherit the kingdom of God.” They have “have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.”  And they do now belong to their saviour and Lord, the Messiah."
2 Deena E = ""Christ has completely made us free"The yoke of bondage is the legalism that comes with trying to adhere to the Law and imposing the same on others. Paul says we are to stand steadfastly with the liberty we have in Christ, not getting wrapped up in a legalistic mind frame again."
3 angela h = "Paul tells us we are free from the law. We are free in Christ. Christ doesn't want us to be frustrated with trying to fulfill the law. Jesus Christ tell us that if we love God with our hearts, souls, and minds, and our neighbor as ourselves then we will not offend the law. See Matthew 22:37-40"
4 Deena E = "This one scripture sums up the entire epistle. We are not only free from the law, but we are also free to be righteous in Christ. "
5 angela h = "If we are still counting on ourselves to get us into heaven then we are not trusting that the sacrifice Jesus made for us is good enough. If we don't believe that Jesus dying on the cross for our sins, being buried, and rising again is good enough. Then we try to add to it (the law/deeds). If this is the case, we don't understand salvation through Jesus at all."
6 Deena E = "There was a lot of discussion and dispute circulating the circumcision of Gentiles. As we read throughout this letter to the Galatians and in Acts 15, radical Pharisees sowed seeds of legalism into the church trying to force new believers to adhere to the Law of Moses (namely circumcision) as a means for salvation. But Paul says here that a man's circumcision is of no profit/benefit to Christ or the message of Christ. In fact, it is an unrequired stumbling block for believers."
7 angela h = "Paul doesn't mean that anyone who is circumcised is under the law. He is telling us that anyone who is circumcised to fulfill part of the law is accountable for the entire law.Make up your mind....either be in Christ or under the law."
8 angela h = "Paul is warning against going back to the law. If we are counting on what we are doing for our salvation, then we are not accepting what Jesus has done for us on the cross. Ephesians 2 tells us that we work because we are saved. We do not work to be saved. Salvation is a gift of God. We could not  be good enough or work enough to get into heaven. Isaiah tells us that all of our righteousness is as filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6)"
9 angela h = "Once we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior the Holy Spirit takes up residence in our hearts. God begins the process of making us righteous. We are not instantly or magically made holy. The Holy Spirit convicts our hearts of apparent things first and then He begins to dig deeper as we grow in the Lord. He has already given us the power to overcome sin but we must work for it with and in His power and the name of Jesus. If He were to make us perfect instantly then we would not appreciate what He had done for us. Much like a child who is given everything they want. They become spoiled and unappreciative. On the other hand, a child who has to earn the things they have appreciates and takes care of them.  "
10 angela h = "There is no gain to had by circumcision or uncircumcision. The love we have for God and for our neighbor will make our faith known. "
11 angela h = "Paul says they started out well and on track. He asks who or what has sidetracked them."
12 angela h = "God doesn't temp you. See James 1:13 He calls us out of our sin unto Himself. He does not persuade us to fall away from Him. See James 4:8. "
13 angela h = "Paul gives a picture of bread making here. It only takes a small amount of yeast, baking powder, or soda to make a generous batch of bread.In the same way a little sin in our lives makes us sinful. Christians should be diligent in examining their lives and looking to see if there is any sin hiding in them. See Psalms 139:23-24 Once sin is found one should repent and confess. See I John 1:9God forgives and forgets. We get a clean slate."
14 Deena E = "Jesus once told His disciples to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Saducees (Matthew 16:6-7). Paul uses this same analogy. In comparison to all the other ingredients, flour for instance, the leaven or yeast is just a small fraction of a measure; but it works through the whole batch causing it all to rise. All it takes is one tiny command, like requiring new believers to become circumcised, that will cause more legalism to rise and completely distort the true message of the Gospel."
15 angela h = "Paul assures that the Lord will help them get back on track. He also assures that God will take care of the troublemaker here. See Galatians 6:7."
16 Sarah Mangum = ""
17 angela h = "You will not sin against your neighbor if you "treat them as you want to be treated". Many will suppose it is impossible to "love your neighbor as yourself". I submit unto you that that is true unless you have the Holy Spirit of God living inside of you. Jesus says in Matthew 22:37-40 that we fulfill the law if we Love God with all our hearts, soul, and mind then love our neighbor as ourselves.Loving others is easy if they are loveable. But unfortunately, most of us are unlovable, unlikeable, even miserable to be around at some point in our lives. It helps to keep in mind that Jesus loved us all the way to the cross. See Romans 5:8"
18 Cary W = "There is no law against love, and the kind of love that is great for yourself as it is for your neighbors and friends.  As we seek to walk in the Spirit, we gain comfort and love connection to God, which then leads to opening our heart and lives to each other."
19 angela h = "We all have times when we want to revert back to our sin nature. We begin to feel inadequate, undeserving, hurt, sad, lonely, angry, etc.God doesn't promise us not to have bad days, but that He will be with us when we have bad days.  See Hebrews 13:5Unfortunately when we have raw emotions we tend to tear others down in an effort to feel better about ourselves...."at least I'm not as bad as so and so." God want us to build each other up, not tear each other down. We must remember that we are not His only child. He loves us all. SeeI Thessalonians 5:11."
20 Montreece H = "Paul is blatantly clear here. If we as born again Christians, who are not abiding by the law of the Old Testament (as scrutinized in verses 3-4), walk in the spirit, we will not succumb to the flesh.  In other words, if we are prayerful, daily reading and studying God's word, fasting even, as part of our lifestyle, it will be easier to "cast down imaginations" (II Corinthians 10:5) and not fulfill the carnal desires of our sinful will."
21 angela h = "If you are giving yourself over to the Spirit of God; letting Him lead you, then you will not give in to temptations. The Holy Spirit will never lead you into sin. He is God and will do nothing contrary to the will of God. "
22 angela h = "While born again believers have their place secured in heaven, they remain in their human bodies. Human nature is to gravitate towards sin. Thus, we are at war once we become believers. Our biggest enemy is ourselves and our own fleshly lusts. Once saved we begin to have convictions against many things we have always done. Suddenly we question our language, music, friends, habits, etc. We begin to war against the desire to do what we want and the desire to please God."
23 angela h = "Paul says this with confidence because he knows the the Spirit is God Himself. The Spirit of God will not lead you to sin--ever!"
24 Cary W = "Just to be in any those states of love, joy, long-suffering, goodness, faith and meekness is fruit for God.  And to be around anyone with such a heart, lifts ours to heaven in hope of His presence in our midst."
25 Deena E = "Here's a good reference for self-reflection. Have you checked your fruit lately?"
26 angela h = "If the Holy Spirit of God lives inside of us then what we do and say will show just that. God has given us the power (The Holy Spirit) to overcome any sin. Our lives should be an example to others. We should be different. See 1 Peter 2:9. We should not take sin nonchalantly."
27 angela h = "Don't brag or boast. Believers should never pit ourselves against one another. We should build up one another because we are all part of the Body of Christ. We should always be willing to share with others and to teach them what we have learned so that Gods work is multiplied. We cannot keep Jesus and His goodness all to ourselves. "