Although Paul dictated his letters, he usually wrote a personal note at the end of the letter. His concluding words are not warm and personal. Just as he began without thanksgiving, so he concludes without personal warmth or mentioning any names. Instead, he includes a summary of the message of the letter.
Throughout Galatians, we’ve heard Paul contrast the law and grace. He offers one final reminder today that circumcision does not make someone faithful. Today, pay attention to the places in your life where you’re doing something simply to “look good” or seeking the approval of others.
Consider your relationships with family, friends, colleagues, the congregation and your local community. Which relationship(s) are inclined to be directed by rules? Which relationship(s) are inclined to be directed by grace? What makes the difference?
Jesus, fill me with grace. Help me to see the people I meet as individuals who are growing in grace. May all that I say and do today bring you glory and work for the good of the people I meet. Amen.
Where did you see, experience, and/or embody grace today?
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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.