Galatians 5:14-26

“If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit” (v25). Rather than trying to control their righteousness by obeying laws (like circumcision or food rules), Paul urged the Galatians to live out of the “fruit” of their heart-relationship with God (v22). Centered on Jesus, their lives would overflow with “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (v23-24). In contrast, those who followed their own desires were marked by “sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger …” (v19-20).

“For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (v14). Loving Jesus results not in an obsession with rules, but in sincere love for others