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Paul concluded his letter to his Galatian friends (290).
The only way living faith is possible, said Paul, is for us to surrender our entire lives to the leading of God’s Holy Spirit. Our human nature is essentially selfish; only God’s Spirit can make us unselfish. When we are born again by God’s Spirit into new life, we must then let God’s Spirit control that new life.
Paul listed some of the many sordid sins that result when we are ruled by the desires of our flesh. These were contrasted with some of the many virtues that result when we are ruled by God’s Spirit. Foremost among these virtues is love — which expresses itself variously as joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness & self-control — all known together as the fruit of the Spirit.
Our love for God is shown when we love other people & help them bear their burdens in life.
Paul said that it simply doesn’t matter if a person is circumcised or not. All that matters is that we live by “faith working in love.” In other words, we have to show our love for God by loving other people.
Paul’s bottom line in his letter to the Galatian believers was essentially this:
- We are freed from trying to live by the letter of the law of Moses, when we accept the impossibility of ever doing that in the strength of our sinful flesh.
- We are freed to begin living by the spirit of the law of Moses, when we faithfully submit to the leading of God’s Spirit & rely on the strength of God’s Spirit to love other people.
LORD, please help us to love showing our love for You by loving people.
(290) Galatians 5-6 (This letter is known simply as Galatians; some believe it may have been written several years later.)