Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load. Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.
Love is at the very core of this paragraph. No longer is Paul giving the Galatians “what for.” Now, he is telling them more about this life in the Spirit. Notice that he begins addressing what should be done if someone sins; they should be restored gently. How this contrasts with the impulse…
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