CHAPTER 6 6 Life in the Community of Christ. [H] 1Brothers, even if a person is caught in some transgression, you who are spiritual should correct that one in a gentle spirit, looking to yourself, so that you also may not be tempted. 2Bear one another’s burdens, and so you will fulfill the law of Christ.[I] 3For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he is deluding himself. 4[J] Each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason to boast with regard to himself alone, and not with regard to someone else; 5for each will bear his own load. 6One who is being instructed in the word should share all good things with his instructor.[K] 7Make no mistake: God is not mocked, for a person will reap only what he sows, 8because the one who sows for his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows for the spirit will reap eternal life from the spirit. 9Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up. 10So then, while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all, but especially to those who belong to the family of the faith.[L] VI. Conclusion Final Appeal. [M] 11See with what large letters[N] I am writing to you in my own hand! 12[O] It is those who want to make a good appearance in the flesh who are trying to compel you to have yourselves circumcised, only that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13Not even those having themselves circumcised[P] observe the law themselves; they only want you to be circumcised so that they may boast of your flesh. 14But may I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which[Q] the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15For neither does circumcision mean anything, nor does uncircumcision, but only a new creation.[R] 16Peace and mercy be to all who follow this rule[S] and to the Israel of God. 17From now on, let no one make troubles for me; for I bear the marks of Jesus[T] on my body. 18The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.
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