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Together (Galatians 5:26-6:5)

As the apostle Paul has been talking about discipleship, he has spent the time talking about our individual walking with the Lord in Galatians 5:16-25. Paul has told us that the desires of the flesh and the desires of the Spirit are opposed to each other and that by walking by the Spirit means we will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Further, Paul has pictured what the works of the flesh look like so that we would see if we are failing to walk by the Spirit. Then Paul pictured what the fruit of the Spirit looks like so we would see if we are truly walking by the Spirit. Paul has called for us to crucify the flesh with its passions and desires and to keep in step with the Spirit in this spiritual walk. But following Jesus is not merely an individual effort. Following Jesus does not mean that we only look out for ourselves and only care for our own spirituality. Followers of Jesus must widen their vision to look at others as well as themselves…

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