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19. 11. 2017

Concluding Reminders
Galatians 6:1-18

1. Mutual Responsibility
Galatians 6:1-2, 6 - Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. …Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Individual Responsibility
Galatians 6:3-8 - If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load. Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor. Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

 

 

 

3. Essence of Our Faith
Galatians 6:12-16 - Those who want to make a good impression outwardly are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. Not even those who are circumcised obey the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your flesh. May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, even to the Israel of God.

 

 

 

Questions for Discussion

1. Read Galatians 6:1. Share how we can restore some one caught in sins.

2. In Galatians 6:8, share what are some ways we can sow to please the Spirit?

3. In Galatians 6:15, how do we know we are “a new creation that counts”?

 

 

 

 

Devotional Message

Taken from The Daily Office by Peter Scazzero ©2008

 

Week 6 / Day 1 - Morning/Midday Office

Scripture Reading: Luke 8:11–15
“This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.”

 

Devotional
Awareness of the love of God––and responding to it––is at the heart of our lives.

Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men. Most of these unnumbered seeds perish and are lost, because men are not prepared to receive them: for such seeds as these cannot spring up anywhere except in the good soil of freedom, spontaneity and love.

This is no new idea. Christ in the parable of the sower long ago told us that “The seed is the word of God.” We often think this applies only to the word of the Gospel as formally preached in churches on Sundays…But every expression of the will of God is in some sense a “word” of God and therefore a “seed” of new life. The ever-changing reality in the midst of which we live should awaken us to the possibility of an uninterrupted dialogue with God….

We must learn to realize that the love of God seeks us in every situation, and seeks our good.” —Thomas Merton

 


Question to Consider
Pause and consider your day. What seeds from God might be coming to you that you don’t want to miss?

 

Prayer
Lord, I praise you because your love seeks my good in any and every situation. Forgive me for the seeds that I have squandered. Soften my heart to surrender to your will in and through me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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