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The Works of the Flesh

16 Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh.(A) 17 For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want.(B) 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law.(C) 19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, debauchery,(D) 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, 21 envy,[a] drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.(E)

The Fruit of the Spirit

22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness,(F) 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24 And those who belong to Christ[b] have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.(G) 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another.

Bear One Another’s Burdens

My brothers and sisters, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill[c] the law of Christ.(H) For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves.(I) All must test their own work; then that work, rather than their neighbor’s work, will become a cause for pride.(J) For all must carry their own loads.

Those who are taught the word must share in all good things with their teacher.(K)

Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow.(L) If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh, but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit.(M) So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.(N) 10 So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all and especially for those of the family of faith.(O)


  1. 5.21 Other ancient authorities add murder
  2. 5.24 Other ancient authorities read Christ Jesus
  3. 6.2 Other ancient authorities read in this way fulfill