Today, I am camped out in Galatians 5. A lot of times I skip from verse 1 to verse 22 because those are the happier parts of this particular chapter. I like to hear about freedom in Christ and the fruit of the Spirit, and all the stuff in the middle is much less exciting. But, as I was reading through these verses again, I felt like Paul was writing this chapter to the church today. I encourage you to take a few extra minutes and really read through Galatians 5. Sit with the words and let God speak to you.
Here are the verses that stood out to me in particular:
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.” Galatians 5:13-15 (ESV)
I feel like this is such a clear word to the church as a whole right now. We’ve been freed, but we don’t seem to be living like it. The church is not known for its freedom, love, and serving one another. The church isn’t known for being a good neighbor. Instead, the church is known for the fights it picks. Let’s pray for the people of God today.
Today I am praying for:
- The church
- The church to be filled with the Spirit and display the fruit of the Spirit
- The people of God to use our freedom well and that we would live by the Spirit
What stands out to you in Galatians 5?
What is God saying to you?