Read Galatians 4:12-18
When Paul first met the Galatians, he was ill but they took him in and loved him unconditionally. They embraced him and, seemingly, the message of the gospel. As time went on, others began to influence them into thinking that they needed to have faith in Jesus and to keep the Old Testament law in order to please God. Paul, therefore, encouraged them to remember the way they once loved him and to remember their calling.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35
Chances are, you are like me. I don’t like to be called out. It is so hard to hear from others when I mess up. However, that is an important part of church life. Within the church, we are to be accountable while loving each other sacrificially. When we love one another with that kind of love, we are able to love others better, and then people see Jesus through our lives.
The love that Paul writes about here is difficult. It’s the act of giving up yourself for someone else. To do this well, we have to stand together and push each other towards Jesus.
This type of community can be found in an accountability partner or mentor and by joining a Grace Group!
The enemy wants you to stray from the mission, as the Galatians did. He wants you to pull away from the body of Christ and to zealously leave grace in favor of anything else. That’s why the community of the church is so important.
If you haven’t joined a group, it’s time. It’s time to join fellow believers and dig into the Word together.
When two or more believers gather together, great things happen for the Lord.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
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