Every Christian must bear good fruit. Paul discusses what this means in today's scripture
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things thereis no law.
But when the right time came, the time God decided on, he sent his Son, born of a woman, born as a Jew, to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law so that he could adopt us as his very own sons. And because we are his sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, so now we can rightly speak of God as our dear Father. Galatians 4: 4-6
Jesus' birth, death and resurrection opened the door to our salvation.
But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, the just shall live by faith. Galatians 3:11
Salvation comes by faith alone.
Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. II Corinthians 12:9-10
Paul experienced a thorn in the flesh, a weakness, but in our weakness He is made strong.
You seem so gullible: you believe whatever anyone tells you even if he is preaching about another Jesus than the one we preach, or a different spirit than the Holy Spirit you received, or shows you a different way to be saved. You swallow it all. II Corinthians 11:4 (Living Bible).
Others come in to destroy the fruit that Paul has worked so hard to create.
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. II Corinthians 10:4
Trust God and use the weapons of your faith to win every battle.
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. II Corn. 7:1
God cleanses us but we must also purify ourselves.
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? II Corinthians 6:14 English Standard Version
Relationships that compromise our Christian integrity should be avoided. We must not be unequally yoked in our communications, friendships or entertainment.
We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. II Corinthians 6:3
Paul offers his history and experiences to the people of Cornth that they might know he is a servant of the Lord and has a message of life for them.
Evangelist Terry Banks speaks to the Alabama Women's Convention in Troy, Alabama May 2019.