Good morning! “Dear brothers and sisters, if I were still preaching that you must be circumcised—as some say I do—why am I still being persecuted? If I were no longer preaching salvation through the cross of Christ, no one would be offended. I just wish that those troublemakers who want to mutilate you by circumcision would mutilate themselves. For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another.” Galatians 5:11-15NLT
Paul continues to defend his position to the Galatians, that circumcision is not what sets us apart, it is accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and savior of our lives that set us apart – salvation through the cross. It’s in that freedom that we can experience the love of Jesus Christ in our lives and love our neighbors as ourselves.
Let’s look for opportunities to love our neighbors instead of destroying our neighbor with our words or actions. Seek to love as Christ loves.
Who will you show love to today (e.g., co-worker, boss, child, spouse, neighbor, teacher)? _______
How will you show love to others? _________
Dear Lord, you are a loving Father and we thank you for all you have done to show your unending love for us. You are our shelter in the midst of storms, our caregiver when we are ill and the one who can take away all our fears. Lord you are amazing. Lord, we ask that you search our hearts and minds and remove anything that is not pleasing to you. Lord, help us to see the characteristics in us that are leading people away from you and change us. Hold our tongues and shape our attitudes. Give us wisdom and boldness to speak your truth and share the love you freely give. In Jesus name, amen!
Keep seeking! Keep trusting! Keep praying!