Paul uses quite strong words here to express his amazement that the Galatians are turning away from their “freedom” in Christ and are instead turning to a different gospel – one which diminishes the grace of God. But this passage does make me wonder – do I do that? Do I forget about the truly amazing power there is present in the gospel because Christ has set us free from the power of sin and death and do I instead grasp at rules and regulations that I feel I should follow? The grace of Christ is so counter-cultural and, at times, so “counter-me”!
Lord, help me to “live in the grace of Christ” as Paul calls it. Lord help me to turn away from the “tick the box”, controlling, rules and regulations that my flesh so often desires and instead help me to continue to fix my eyes firmly on you and your grace. Amen
Written by Ps. Jen Irving