Read Galatians 5:1-12
I love to reminisce on life and sit in the bliss of past memories. Sometimes I think back on fun memories with friends or times where I vividly saw God move in my life, but sometimes I reminisce on Christ’s sacrifice for us. When I really stop to think about it, I am overwhelmed. We are so sinful and flawed, yet He died for us. For me. A lot of times it becomes common to me, but was a disservice to his sacrifice. He died to save me and you.
Just think about it: the God of the Universe created us, we betrayed Him, and then He decided to allow His only son to die an excruciating death to save the very people who betrayed Him. It is hard for me to fully understand why He would do that for us, but what I do know is that He did it because He loves us so much.
We are then empowered to love others by the power of His love.
“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
This verse is so simple, but carries such weight. We are charged with loving others the way that Christ loves us. Love and grace go hand-in-hand, so we must not lose sight of His grace when we work to love others well.
Throughout these 12 verses, Paul is teaching the Galatians that their performance is not what saves them and actually hinders them from their ministry. In verse 6 Paul writes, “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” Our faith is built in the love of Christ and is displayed by the way we love others.
Take a moment to reminisce on Christ’s sacrifice and His love for you.
Who do you need to show the love of Christ to this week?