Galatians 5 • Day 167 of 260 • #NTin2018
Paul gives a warning to the Corinthians: If you bite and devour one another, WATCH OUT that you are not consumed by one another (Galatians 5:15).
Adam Clarke’s Commentary says, “These Churches seem to have been in a state of great distraction; there were continual altercations among them. They had fallen from the grace of the Gospel; and, as Christ no longer dwelt in their hearts by faith, pride, anger, ill-will, and all unkind and uncharitable tempers, took possession of their souls, and they were in consequence alternately destroying each other.”
Sound familiar? Thousands of years have passed since Paul penned these words and the church is still battling the biting, devouring and consumption of one another. Both organizationally and personally. What is wrong with us? What opportunities we are missing to change the world!
When we are not coming from a place of love, it leaves a void that is quickly filled by pride, anger, self-righteousness, envy, ill-will. Utter consumption; destruction.
Paul reminds us the whole law is fulfilled in one word, “you should love your neighbors as yourself.” (Galatians 5:14). Paul is basically saying, “You are so stuck on the law? You want to keep the law? Here is how to do it: LOVE ONE ANOTHER.”
Every moment we spend fighting and devouring our own, we miss opportunities to share Christ with others.
God, help us love well. Teach us how to love like You love. Let love take up so much space in our lives that pride has no place to settle in. Let us rest in the grace and freedom you have gifted us with, even when it goes against everything the world is telling us.
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