Galatians 4:8-20 – June 24
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christians leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
Galatians 4:8-20 – Paul’s Concern for the Galatians
8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. 9 But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? 10 You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! 11 I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.
12 I plead with you, brothers and sisters, become like me, for I became like you. You did me no wrong. 13 As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you, 14 and even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself. 15 Where, then, is your blessing of me now? I can testify that, if you could have done so, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me. 16 Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?
17 Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may have zeal for them. 18 It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always, not just when I am with you. 19 My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, 20 how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you!
The Fight for Our Souls | Dyea Rowland
Galatians 4:8-9, 17-18
Paul is saying that the Galatians didn’t know anything about God, until they became Christians. With only false gods, false worship, false teachers, and false religion, Jesus freed them from being slaves to this evil. Now Paul is having a hard time understanding why they want to return and leave this freedom.
I watch this battle (that Paul experienced) in my own home. Having a teenager and a six year old who enjoy their electronics, music, and television. They seem so zealous to play the latest game (with guns and zombies), watch the latest infamous YouTuber(s) or indulge themselves in the teLIEvision. There are adults (false teachers) that are doing their hardest to fight for the soul of my children. These are adults who do not know my children’s name, or at the end of the day are there for them. They are adults that only have their own interests in mind.
Father, my kiddos know You and know how good You are, yet we fight over the zeal they have for the things that only enslave them to a false way. I know they are known by You and You have their souls, but sometimes I wonder. So many things out there fighting for their soul. I pray that we gain understanding why the enslaved life seems to be better than the free life in You, Jesus…Amen.
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