1 Brothers, if anybody is caught in the very act of doing wrong, you who are spiritual, in the spirit of gentleness, must set him right; each of you continuing to think of yourself, for you may be tempted too. 2 Practice bearing one another's burdens, and in this way carry out the law of Christ. 3 For if anybody thinks he is somebody when really he is nobody, he deceives himself. 4 Everyone should test his own work until it stands the test, and then he will have ground for boasting with reference to himself alone, and not with reference to someone else. 5 For everyone must carry his own load.
6 Those who are taught the truth should share all their goods with the man who teaches them. 7 Do not be deceived anymore; God is not to be scoffed at. A person will reap just what he sows, whatever it is. 8 The person who sows to gratify his lower nature will reap destruction from that lower nature, and the person who sows to gratify his higher nature will reap eternal life from the Spirit. 9 Let us stop getting tired of doing good, for at the proper time we shall reap if we do not give up. 10 So then whenever we have an opportunity, let us practice doing good to everybody, but especially to the members of the family of faith.
11 See what large letters I make, when I write to you with my own hand! 12 These men who are trying to force you to let yourselves be circumcised simply want to make a fine outward show, only to keep you from being persecuted for the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. 13 Indeed, the very men who let themselves be circumcised do not themselves observe the law. But they simply want you to let yourselves be circumcised, so that they can boast of you as members of their party. 14 But may it never be mine to boast of anything but the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world! 15 For neither circumcision nor the lack of it has any value, but only a new creation. 16 Now peace and mercy be on all who walk by this rule; that is, on the true Israel of God.