Galatians 6:1-10 – June 29
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.
Galatians 6:1-10 – Doing Good to All
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load. 6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Let Us Do Good To All | Rebecca Hoyt
At the end of each book in my Bible, there is a section on – written on my heart – I really liked this one for Galatians- The right understanding of and faith in the gospel of Christ will set you free from the bandage of sin. Do not think you must earn your salvation- it is freely offered to you from God if you will put your faith in Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection as payment for your sins. Praise God that He empowers and enables you to live the Christian life once you have accepted Him.
Verses 9-10 – “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially of faith.” Sometimes it’s tiring trying to teach our children to think of others first and do good even when others don’t do good. Sometimes it feels like it’s not sinking in. Or just the day-to-day teaching our children to pick up after themselves or serve others in the family by helping clean up even when they didn’t make the mess themselves, or sometimes when reading the Bible with them and their minds are elsewhere. But by keeping at it, someday we will reap the benefits of our teaching them. Also not giving up on praying for people in our lives even when it feels it’s not working.
Dear Lord, thank You for another day of having the opportunity to do good. This world needs it so badly. Please help me to do good even when I feel it’s not working because I never know how much really has sunk in.
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