Paul, who was carefully taught Torah, and all of its intricacies, as a student of the Pharisees, knows that it is impossible to perfectly obey Jewish law. How much better it is instead to live as Christians guided by the Holy Spirit. Rather than having to study and remember countless regulations, Paul believes that Christians have the freedom to not worry about such things. Instead, Christians need only worry if their actions come from baser human desires (which Paul describes as works of the flesh) or from faithful spiritual desires, which Paul lists as the fruits of the Spirit. If a person's actions and thoughts are filled with these good spiritual fruits, there is no need to worry about the long list of rules -- most of which are "no-nos" -- in Torah.
[links to Bible Gateway open in a new window]Reading the Bible in Its Entirety
If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read Galatians 5:2-26 today.