In this letter, the apostle Paul battled against the imposition of a yoke of legalism. In various forms, this kind of legalism still exists. Numerous religious movements, though denying it in word, are more than mildly opposed to the spirit reflected in the letter to the Galatians.
To individuals who accept the words as if directed to them personally, this letter speaks in a powerful way about what Christ has done in setting them free to be free. They also come to recognize that a life in the realm of Christian liberty is a responsible life. It is a praiseworthy life that gives evidence of active concern, compassion, and love for all members of the one human family.