Galatians 6

Galatians 6 contains Paul’s direction for how we ought to live together.  He gives us a series of short commands.  Many of these are difficult and would place us in confrontational and uncomfortable situations with others.  But they are important and we need to consider what Paul instructs us here:

–       “if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness

–       Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted

–       Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ

–       let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor

–       One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches

–       Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap

–       the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life

–       let us not grow weary of doing good

–       let us do good to everyone

This is a difficult set of directives.  We are to pay attention to those in our patch. If anyone strays, we are to restore them.  Not by beating them over the head.  Not by publishing their wrongdoings.  Not by shouting it from the mountaintops.  We are to restore them gently.  And while we are at it we need to be careful not to fall to temptation as well.  Our role is to carry each other’s burdens – to come along side one another and help carry the load.  This is not a solo lifestyle we are called to as Christ Followers.  We are to live together in the body – living in the Spirit – and never growing weary of being involved with others in our patch who need our help. 

Paul reminds us that the only reason we will ever have to boast is because of Jesus.  “Far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ”.  All we are is due to Him.  And Paul earned the right to declare truth.  He carried the marks.  “I bear on my body the marks of Jesus”.  Do you carry the marks of Jesus?  Have you been so much as persecuted for your faith?  Too many of us have not.  We have never even stood strong for Jesus.  We don’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable.  We don’t want to stir things up.  Heaven forbid we are politically incorrect and talk about Jesus.  Paul didn’t talk about it – he suffered for his faith.  Have you?  Would you?  Will you?

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