Wednesday, March 20
Freedom. Faith. Love.
Today's reading: Galatians 5:1-15 (NLT)
I'm sticking with the NLT (New Living Translation) today instead of my usual ESV (English Standard Version) because of its clear wording. As I considered Paul's words in Galatians 5, I was drawn first to verse 6 and then to verses 13-14. At the start of this chapter, Paul writes about having freedom in Christ and tells us in verse 6 that following the law (circumcision) isn't of any benefit to us. Rather, "what is important is faith expressing itself in love" (vs. 6). Paul then drives this point home in verses 13-14 with the message that placing our faith in Christ and having freedom in Him means we should be loving and serving one another.
"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.'" (vs. 13-14)
What does "loving your neighbor as yourself" mean for you personally? Are you intentional about putting this command into practice? What's one example of how you have shown love to a "neighbor" in the past week? Tami
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