We should be so proud of ourselves for finishing our journey through the book of Proverbs. Now we return to the writings of Paul in the book of Galatians. Previously, we read through his two letters — known as I Corinthians and II Corinthians — to the churches at Corinth. In all of these letters, he has continued to glorify God and not himself while also exercising the art of correction in love. This brings us to our key text coming out of Galatians 1:1 — 5 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
1 Paul, an apostle, not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead; 2 And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia; 3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: 5 To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen
1. God should always receive all of the glory: As believers, we are all called to share God’s Word through whatever gifts and talents the Lord has planted in us. Sometimes in doing so, people tell us that we do a good job. Whereas it feels great to receive a compliment, we must remember to do as Paul does. We must remind ourselves and others that we are on God’s mission — not our own — and that the gifts or methods we have in sharing God’s Word are not of ourselves but of the Lord. In other words, all of the glory goes to our Heavenly Father and not ourselves.
2. Always correct people in love: The second thing we learn from Paul in these first few verses is that even when we seek to show people that certain habits are not of God, we should do so in love. Notice, Paul does not open his letter by telling the Galatians “You’re going to hell! You’re living your lives all wrong!”. Instead, he opens by saying “Grace be to you and peace from God the Father.” Even when we are wrong for something, we don’t like for people to tell us in a mean way. We are all more receptive to correction when told in a kind manner.
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