Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
For every man shall bear his own burden.
Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.
As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.
For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.
But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
How important are fellow Christians to you? Are they a high priority in your life? Is your commitment and care for your saved friends greater than your commitment to your unsaved friends? In today’s reading Paul finishes with an interesting phrase that we could easily overlook. It is found in verse 10. His closing admonitions to the Galatians were to be careful of the false teachers, be careful what is sown, and not to become weary in doing good. He further closed his letter encouraging them to take every opportunity available to do good to all people. Then he added the phrase, “especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” In other words, it is more important for us to take advantage of every opportunity to do good to our brothers and sisters in Christ than it is to those who are not saved. Other believers ought to be the priority of our lives. That’s a tough one because we tend to expect more out of them… but maybe that’s why we need the humility Paul talks about early in the chapter.. We ought to care for each other and seek always to meet each other’s needs because of our relationship to each other through Christ. Does your life reflect this priority? In what ways have you demonstrated love to the family of believers recently? How can you get started today?
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?