Paul is being challenged by a group of people who think Peter, James, and John taught him everything he knows. He’s also desiring to stay connected to the center of the faith in Jerusalem. But, if he’s not careful, they’ll either think he’s saying anything goes or Peter, James, and John taught him everything he knows. More than anything, at the center of this difficult passage, Paul wants to keep the unity of the church.
How do you keep focused on balancing the essential message of the gospel in the midst of times of disagreement and differences? What is essential? What did Paul offer to us that we can model today?
Where you begin matters. Consider if you start with Jesus or if you start with issues. How might your conversations change if you started with how Jesus is revealing himself to you. Consider how you’ll finish this statement: Because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, I…
Humble us, Lord Jesus, to see the unity of our faith and the diversity of our expression. Guide us to see your grace empowering us in different ways. Give us a heart open to your revelation. Then, help us witness to your love and light in the midst of a dark and hurting world. Amen.
In the evening, reflect on the following: Given what you experienced today, finish this statement: Because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, I…
Use a notebook to record your responses. Share your celebrations in the comments below.
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.