Galatians 5:1-15 – June 27
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 Christian 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.
Freedom in Christ
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
2 Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. 3 Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. 4 You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. 5 For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
7 You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? 8 That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. 9 “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” 10 I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty. 11 Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. 12 As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!
Life by the Spirit
13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
Who Cut in on Me? | Becky Newman
Paul is expressing frustration with the Galatians hitting a rut and back-sliding. He is careful to express that God is not to blame; it is their choices causing them to fall away (vs. 1, 2, 4), though verses 8-12 discuss a force that is aiding and abetting, which I believe to be Satan.
This verse cut through me every time I read it over the last several days. My journal table of contents is proof that I was running a good race after God from April through June 13, then something cut in on me; rather, I let something cut in on me. I am sitting with You trying to honestly identify that “something”. Busy. A couple work projects with tight deadlines and a week away in Missouri and BAM!, busy has worked itself through my dough, and I have let it take me away from You. I saw a billboard that showed busy as an acronym for Being Under Satan’s Yoke. Yuck. And I let that happen. That’s not where I want to be. It’s time to stop letting busy cut in on me and go back to letting God transform me.
Lord, I am sorry for letting busy cut in on me and keep me from time at Your feet. Help me to keep my eyes on the prize and let nothing get in the way between me and You.
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