Galatians 5:1 | True freedom is being free of shame, guilt, burdens, worries, anxiety and fear! Don’t return to the slavery of thinking YOU have to somehow claw and scratch and strive to escape from these things. Jesus has rescued you, set you free from all these things: even sin and death itself! See Romans 8!
Galatians 5:3 | “What MUST you do to be saved?” This is the question when Paul is bringing up the topic of circumcision! Many people think they are OBLIGATED to keep some or all of the Law (we think of this as the “Thou Shalts” and the “Thou Shalt Nots”). In Jesus, you have been set free from this! See Galatians 1:6-9!
Galatians 5:4 | Don’t ever forget this very serious warning from the Bible! Trying to become righteous PUSHES YOU AWAY FROM JESUS! People don’t go to hell because of their bad behavior, they go to hell because they don’t believe in Jesus. See Luke 18:9-14!
Galatians 5:6 | Read “circumcision” as ANY human effort that is required for righteousness. See Galatians 3:2-5! Only Faith! Which flows out through love! See 1 Corinthians 13!
Galatians 5:13-14 | You were called to be free! It is YOUR PRIMARY CALLING. Yes, sin continues to conflict us and contort us. The tempter continues to tempt, and the powers of darkness seek to pervert us. Focus on Jesus! He sets us free (FREE INDEED) and invites us to participate in His love. See John 8:31-59 and John 13:1-17, 34-35!