Although we Christians are free from the Law, we ought not abuse that freedom by indulging our sinful natures, rather we live by the Spirit.

BibleGateway: Galatians 5:13-26

ESV Text: Galatians 5:13-26

Galatians 5:13–26 (Listen)

13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

Keep in Step with the Spirit

16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy,1 drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do2 such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Footnotes

[1] 5:21 Some manuscripts add murder

[2] 5:21 Or make a practice of doing

(ESV)


KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:17 and ends at about 3:2

     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.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 439 :
O God of Mercy, God of Might

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1. O God of mercy, God of might, 
In love and pity infinite, 
Teach us, as ever, in Thy sight, 
To live our life to Thee. 

2. And Thou, who cam’st on earth to die 
That fallen man might live thereby, 
Oh, hear us; for to Thee we cry, 
In hope, O Lord, to Thee. 

3. Teach us the lesson Thou hast taught, 
To feel for those Thy blood hath bought 
That every word and deed and thought 
May work a work for Thee. 

4. All are redeemed, both far and wide, 
Since Thou, O Lord, for all hast died. 
Oh, teach us, whatsoe’er betide, 
To love them all in Thee! 

5. In sickness, sorrow, want, or care, 
Whate’er it be, ’tis ours to share; 
May we, where help is needed, there 
Give help as unto Thee! 

6. And may Thy Holy Spirit move 
All those who live to live in love 
Till Thou shalt greet in heaven above 
All those who live to Thee. 


Hymn: LSB 691 Fruitful Trees, the Spirit’s Sowing
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