Devotions for October 20, 2017

GALATIANS 5:1-6

5 So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.

2 Listen! I, Paul, tell you this: If you are counting on circumcision to make you right with God, then Christ will be of no benefit to you. 3 I’ll say it again. If you are trying to find favor with God by being circumcised, you must obey every regulation in the whole law of Moses. 4 For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace.

5 But we who live by the Spirit eagerly wait to receive by faith the righteousness God has promised to us. 6 For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love.

APATHY TO LOVE

Paul makes the point he’s been driving home to us incredibly clear: If we try to manufacture our own righteousness, he considers us cut-off from Christ. When we place our trust in Jesus we’re called to express that faith through love.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: What does Paul mean by “faith expressing itself in love”?

Q: How does expressing your faith in the way Paul prescribes help you look more like Jesus?

Q: Who is one person you can choose to express your faith to today?

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