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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Galatians 6

Mocking God

Summary:
Help the sinners amongst you, but be careful not to fall into their trap. Look after each other, but don't compare yourselves with one another. Be generous to those who teach you.

You get out what you put in. You can't take short cuts when God's involved. So invest in the Spirit.

Don't worry about appearance so you can boast. Boast about the crucifixion for you, not on the circumcision you may have. Be a new creation.

Ciao.

Key verses:
4. Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else
7. Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

My thoughts:
Verse 4 is pretty sweet. I think so many people would do so much better if they just lived by that principle! Don't compare yourself by others or by others standards. Test yourself based on yourself and God. So often we see people we consider to be super-Christians or super-people and we instantly attempt to determine our self-worth in comparison to them, but that is really really unhelpful and actually denies the unwarranted acceptance God has given us. Despite the acceptance, we are trying to prove ourself and it's wrong.

Verse 7 is a healthy reminder than in the midst of all the freedom and grace God gives, God's not there to be made as ass of or exploited. You can't just push yourself as close to the line of sin as possible and get upset when God doesn't catch you when you fall over the line. You reap what you sow.

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