The Galatians were struggling with the concept of Christian legalism in their fellowship. This was being cultivated by teachers who focused on law keeping rather than grace giving. It was no surprise that the local church in Galatia began to fracture as people emphasized keeping a watchful eye on the works of others as a means to climb the social and spiritual ladder of progress. Here Paul spells it out plainly. This type of competition is morally wrong. We are not to watch and judge as others struggle with their heavy burdens. We are to help and struggle with them. One of the the things Paul notes is that those who watch to judge are often as guilty as those who openly struggle. This is a doorway to secretly entering that same sin cultivated by our own pride. We are not to think ourselves better than those who struggle with sin, but to think ourselves fortunate of God’s grace. This should inspire us to extend that grace to those in their struggles. It is this practice that will build our community of faith into a proper reflection of who God is.
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. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts