Monday, January 29, 2007

Galatians 4:12-20

Daily Devotional – Tuesday Jan. 30, 2007
Galatians 4:12-20
Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.

We continue today with Paul’s letter to the Galatians. Paul had preached the Gospel to the Galatian Church and had been very well received. Because of illness he had been a burden to them but they received him with love and as a true messenger of God. He then left on one of his mission journeys. While he was gone, prominent officials from Jerusalem came and challenged Paul’s teaching. They accused him of being a non believer because he taught against strict adherence to Mosaic Laws in favor of faith thru the spirit of God in Jesus Christ. Paul learned that many had turned against him because of these accusations. This is what prompted this letter. As we learned last week, this is one of the earliest letters that Paul wrote and it pre-dates the 4 Gospels. It is Paul establishing himself as an independent thinker and one truly inspired and driven by God alone through the spirit of Jesus Christ.

He feels he has been betrayed. He was trying to do God’s will and this was rejected. He feels like a parent who has lost a child. Rejection is a terrible thing. It is particularly painful when someone you care for rejects your love and turns away from you. The failure of a marriage is an all too common example of rejected love. God has spared me this sorrow but I have witnessed the pain and suffering experienced by those very close to me. I have also experienced personal disappointment in my career when my efforts were not appreciated. To love someone is to expose yourself to rejection. The decision to love is a decision to take risk.

However, in Jesus there is no risk. To love God is to know that your love is returned regardless of conditions or circumstances. What a wonderful comfort this is. Paul preached salvation through allowing your spirit to be taken over by the spirit of God in Jesus; to love him with all your mind and all your soul; always knowing that your love will never be rejected or challenged. Praise be to God and to my Savior Jesus Christ. My fellow man may let me down but God won’t.

AMEN

John Dickie, Jan.30, 2007

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