March 17th, 2007
In today’s reading, Paul said, “Carry each other’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” If you’re a follower of Jesus, then you don’t just get to share the good times with other people. You get to help them carry their troubles and sorrows. The next thing Paul said was, “If you think that you are something when you are nothing, you deceive yourself.” He seems to have been suggesting that if you think you are too important or too busy to help carry someone else’s burden, then you need to think again, because you’re really not that important or busy. Following Jesus is not just about intellectually assenting to the existence of God; it’s about putting your body where your brain is.
Paul’s Letter to the Galatians — Chapter 6
6:1 Friends, if someone is overcome by a sin, you who are spiritual must restore such a person in a spirit of gentleness, watching yourself to make sure that you are not also tempted. 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 6:3 If you think that you are something when you are nothing, you deceive yourself. 6:4 Each of you should examine your own actions, and then you can take pride in yourself and not in your neighbour. 6:5 Each of you should carry your own burden. 6:6 Someone who receives training in the word should pay the trainer. 6:7 Do not be misled. God cannot be treated with contempt. You will reap whatever you sow. 6:8 People who sow to please their sinful nature will reap destruction from their sinful nature. But people who sow to please the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. 6:9 We should not get tired of doing good, because we will reap in due course, if we do not give up. 6:10 We should do good to everyone when we get the opportunity, and especially to members of the family of faith.
6:11 See what large letters I use in writing to you with my own hand. 6:12 The people who want to force you to be circumcised want to do it for outward appearances, so that they do not get persecuted for the cross of Christ. 6:13 The ones who are circumcised do not even keep the law themselves, but they want you to be circumcised, so that they can boast about you. 6:14 I do not want to boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 6:15 In Christ Jesus circumcision and uncircumcision are nothing. What matters is a new creation. 6:16 Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, and to God’s Israel. 6:17 From now on, do not let anyone trouble me about these things, because I carry the marks of the Lord Jesus branded on my body.
6:18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, friends. Amen.
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