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Devotional Thought : Galatians 5:1

March 15, 2006

“Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

In the book of Galatians, Paul places great emphasis on freedom. Why is freedom so important?

Paul uses the story of Hagar and Sarah to explain that we are “children of promise” (4:28) and not “children of the slave woman” (4:31). We live by faith. Faith that God keeps his promises. Faith that we can rest on the finished work of Christ. Faith that we are made righteous by trusting God. Yet, we find it easier to follow a set of rules than trust God on a daily basis. It’s easier to check “the rules” than to seek God about a particular course of action.

The Galatians had discovered that submitting to Jewish law was an easier, simpler way to live, and it meant less persecution than standing firm in the freedom God had given them. But Paul isn’t pleased, he calls them, “foolish Galatians!” (3:1) because “if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing” (2:21).

Similarly, Paul wrote to the church in Rome about this explaining how Abraham was credited with righteousness because of faith. “The words ‘it was credited to him’ were written not for him alone but also for us to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead” (Romans 4:23).

We are credited with righteousness because of faith, not obedience. This is why freedom is important. We can only live in freedom if we live by faith. “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love” (Galatians 5:6).

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

8 thoughts on “Devotional Thought : Galatians 5:1”

  1. jON

    just gorgeous. do you mind if i spread this post around the united states a little bit? just to pay you back for blowing my mind. now you have to try to wrap your head around the fact that a devotional you wrote is being read and discussed in Saint Paul, Minnesota in the united states of america, half a globe away.

    cool.

    fnhvtna (i swear your word generator is the most creative one i have come across yet.)

  2. jON

    just gorgeous. do you mind if i spread this post around the united states a little bit? just to pay you back for blowing my mind. now you have to try to wrap your head around the fact that a devotional you wrote is being read and discussed in Saint Paul, Minnesota in the united states of america, half a globe away.

    cool.

    fnhvtna (i swear your word generator is the most creative one i have come across yet.)

  3. jON

    just about 2 hours from now, right? can’t wait. i’ll be here when the doors open. i want a front row seat. this is gonna be good.

    bvgdi (and right after i gave it such a nice compliment, too. sorry. this wasn’t nearly as creative, now, was it?)

  4. jON

    just about 2 hours from now, right? can’t wait. i’ll be here when the doors open. i want a front row seat. this is gonna be good.

    bvgdi (and right after i gave it such a nice compliment, too. sorry. this wasn’t nearly as creative, now, was it?)

  5. I don’t mind, spread it around anywhere you think it would be a blessing.

    It is pretty amazing. I actually got the map out the other day so at least I know where Saint Paul is.

  6. I don’t mind, spread it around anywhere you think it would be a blessing.

    It is pretty amazing. I actually got the map out the other day so at least I know where Saint Paul is.

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