September 3, Reading 3 – Galatians 4:21-5:9

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SAA Notes

Freedom! Freedom is not freedom to be like God, to be the one in control. Freedom is freedom from sin through faith in Christ! Free to live with love, justice, courage, goodness, mercy, peace. Free to live without arrogance, manipulative behaviour, substance abuse, immorality, anger and malice.

SJA Notes

“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.”

We get this wrong a fair bit. We can all probably bring to mind one or two people who take a limited view of the practice of holiness and try and restrict everyone around them to that view. But we can probably also remember times when we have failed in the same way.

Paul is clear.

When you get stuck on a tradition, on a sign or symbol above everything else – When that is your focus and weight – Be careful!

Circumcision of the body was a big deal – You only have to read Abraham’s story to know that.

But it was a pointer to a deeper truth, to a circumcision of the heart. A higher reality where the Spirit writes His law upon our hearts, plants His word deep within us so that we bear fruit.

Faith working through love.

* Lord God,

You are our great God, we believe in You – Please help us in our unbelief!

Your love is steadfast and unfailing – Please help us to work through Your love, expressing our faith in You which is Your gift to us.

Help us not to be hindered by limiting our view of Your truth, Your wonderful grace and mercy to us.

Amen.

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