Earn God’s Love

“The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself in love.” (Galatians 5:6) We may confess salvation by faith with our mouths, but in our hearts we work to keep (or earn more of) God’s love. The proof is in our pride: the false belief that we are somehow better than others because of what we’ve done for God. There …

undiscovered opportunities

“… it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you…” (Galatians 4:13) Scripture tells us that Paul’s illness was a trial for the Galatians. He praised them for not treating him with contempt or scorn–implying that their response was uncommon, unique, mature. If it was a trial for them, imagine how difficult it must have …

How human is your gospel?

I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ. (Galatians 1:11-12) I want you to know In a world obsessed with gaining glory and self promotion, Paul’s example is …

Bearing burdens

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2) I recently had a great conversation with a close friend. Beyond just catching up, we were able to talk about important stuff in our lives. Afterwards, took some time to consider why our friendship feels safe. We can share significantly and authentically. It’s …