Bear and Share the Burdens
1Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of #Eph. 4:2gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 2#Acts 20:35; Rom. 15:1; 1 Thess. 5:14Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill #(James 2:8)the law of Christ. 3For #Rom. 12:3if anyone thinks himself to be something, when #(2 Cor. 3:5; James 1:22)he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4But #1 Cor. 11:28let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and #Luke 18:11not in another. 5For #(Rom. 2:6)each one shall bear his own load.
Be Generous and Do Good
6#1 Cor. 9:11, 14Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.
7Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for #(Rom. 2:6)whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap #(Rom. 6:8)everlasting life. 9And #1 Cor. 15:58; 2 Cor. 4:1; 2 Thess. 3:13let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap #(Matt. 24:13); Heb. 12:3, 5; (James 5:7, 8)if we do not lose heart. 10#Prov. 3:27; (John 9:4; 12:35)Therefore, as we have opportunity, #Titus 3:8let us do good to all, #Rom. 12:13especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Glory Only in the Cross
11See with what large letters I have written to you with my own hand! 12As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, #Gal. 5:11; Phil. 3:8only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. 13For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. 14But God forbid that I should boast except in the #(1 Cor. 1:18)cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and #(Gal. 2:20); Col. 2:20I to the world. 15For #(Rom. 2:26, 28); 1 Cor. 7:19; (Gal. 5:6)in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.
Blessing and a Plea
16And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.
17From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
18Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
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