Throughout this chapter, we hear Paul’s defense of the gospel. He seeks to prove that the Gospel and his apostleship come directly from Christ. Paul is not an isolated, renegade messenger. Paul is an apostle, a sent one. He is sent by God to share the message of Christ’s love.
If grace is the unmerited love of God, it is intended to be shared. Where is God sending you today to share God’s love? What challenges you about grace?
Embrace the love of God as you go about your daily activity.
Lord Jesus, thank you for using me to share your message of grace. Guide me on this journey to continue becoming who you created me to be. Amen.
In the evening, reflect on the following: Where did you experience God’s love today? Use a notebook to record your responses. Share your celebrations in the comments below.
Today we begin a journey together. We are grateful for your desire to deepen your relationship with Christ. Know we are holding you in prayer as you begin. If you haven’t taken a moment to review the “Overview of Following Jesus Every Day: Galatians,” please do so. You’ll find a few tips that will help you start this journey.
On occasion throughout the daily reading plan, we’ll offer reflections, stories, and insights to help you engage. Today, we start with “Love Letters”
Today, I’m thinking about the last letter I wrote. The last letter I put in an envelope and placed a stamp in the corner was to a child, Sunday, I support in Africa.
For over 15 years, I’ve written back and forth to a school-aged girl in a small village in Africa. Sunday is the latest child to bless me. Her faithful words are a reminder of God’s goodness and grace.
When I receive Sunday’s letters, there is always a message that points to God’s love. Her most recent letter was no exception. As she shared about the drought in her community impacting the livestock, she celebrated God’s provision for her family. She celebrated learning in school. She praised God for a growing faith.
Today, though, I’m reflecting on the familiar refrain that begins each letter, “Praise God! I’m doing fine with my family and still in Christ.” I confess, I sometimes wonder, “Are there degrees or different forms of ‘doing fine’?” Nevertheless, wrapped in a standard envelope is a message of God’s love. In short, faithful sentences, Sunday writes love letters for God.
I do not know what the Galatian churches were thinking when they received Paul’s letter. But, two simple words, grace and peace, remind them they are loved by God. While the paper and delivery system have certainly changed, the Galatians also received a letter reminding them of God’s love.
Perhaps there is a letter I’ll write today to someone who needs that reminder. Maybe there’s a letter you can write, too. For now, my love letter comes in the form of a prayer echoing the words of Sunday, “Praise God! I’m doing fine with my family and still in Christ.”
That’s a love letter I’ll celebrate sending and receiving any day of the week!