Support One Another
6:1 Brothers and sisters,1 if a person2 is discovered in some sin,3 you who are spiritual4 restore such a person in a spirit of gentleness.5 Pay close attention6 to yourselves, so that you are not tempted too. 6:2 Carry one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 6:3 For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 6:4 Let each one examine7 his own work. Then he can take pride8 in himself and not compare himself with9 someone else. 6:5 For each one will carry10 his own load.
6:6 Now the one who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with the one who teaches11 it. 6:7 Do not be deceived. God will not be made a fool.12 For a person13 will reap what he sows, 6:8 because the person who sows to his own flesh14 will reap corruption15 from the flesh,16 but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. 6:9 So we must not grow weary17 in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not give up.18 6:10 So then,19 whenever we have an opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who belong to the family of faith.20
Final Instructions and Benediction
6:11 See what big letters I make as I write to you with my own hand!
6:12 Those who want to make a good showing in external matters21 are trying to force you to be circumcised. They do so22 only to avoid being persecuted23 for the cross of Christ. 6:13 For those who are circumcised do not obey the law themselves, but they want you to be circumcised so that they can boast about your flesh.24 6:14 But may I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which25 the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 6:15 For26 neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for27 anything; the only thing that matters is a new creation!28 6:16 And all who will behave29 in accordance with this rule, peace and mercy be on them, and on the Israel of God.30
6:17 From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear the marks of Jesus on my body.31
6:18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be32 with your spirit, brothers and sisters.33 Amen.