GALATIANS‬ ‭5:5-6‬‬‬

“But we who live by the Spirit eagerly wait to receive by faith the righteousness God has promised to us. For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love.”

Galatians‬ ‭5:5-6‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The hardest part of Christian living is learning to wait on God. Humans in their finiteness are quick in every aspect but this. Much of the instruction in the New Testament is about this concept and the need to fine tune our sanctification process according to discerning whether it is God speaking to us or a voice from some desire or demonic influence. In today’s culture, it is a virtue to make your own voice the largest voice you know and to satiate it as quick as possible. Paul fights this mentality by noting that we must eagerly wait to receive God’s blessing of righteousness. We do this by leaning into our faith in Christ, expressed in the way that he loved. This is radically different than our culture’s virtues. We must love to live what he loves and in doing so, with time, the right standing that we seek will manifest naturally. This is not a quick process, nor is it a loud or easy process. If we are to conquer ourselves and our deserved penalties for sin, we must wait in faith and love.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.

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