Saturday 20 June, 2020

Galatains 1:6-10

6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse! 10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

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

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