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Through Love, Serve One Another

Use your Christian freedom as an opportunity to love through serving others.

Introduction

Have you ever been loved in a way that really astounded you? Have you ever been served in a way that, when you sat back and thought about it, really humbled you?

It is likely that we all have examples in our lives of moments like these that surprised us as someone went out of their way to really serve and love above and beyond the call of duty. There was no obligation on their part, they just loved and served.

My friend Jon is a loving servant. He does amazing stuff all the time, but most recently he heard my parents will be moving to the area in the next few months, and his immediate reaction was that he would be glad to drive a truck, take me, and pack my parents’ stuff with me. That is his loving, servant heart, and it is a result of the gospel at work in him.

Jon, like us, has been freed from sin and is now free to love and serve, and this is where Paul is going in Galatians. Paul is encouraging us to use our Christian freedom as an opportunity to love through serving others.

Keep Running Well

Paul continues his points from Galatians 5:1–6 where he calls them to be free as Christians and not submit to Judaizing tendencies in the call to circumcise (cf. Acts 15). Only faith that works itself out in love matters, and this is where Paul goes in greater detail.

False brothers (Gal. 2:4) came and brought a false gospel (Gal. 1:6–9) of works (Gal. 3:1–14). Paul tells the Galatians to keep running the race well, not to be hindered in perseverance in the Christian faith (cf. Heb. 12:1–3). God is the one who called them to salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone (1:6), and any persuasion to the contrary was false.

Paul is concerned because a little presence of false teaching ...

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Jeremy Kimble is Assistant Professor of Theology at Cedarville University and the author of '40 Questions About Church Membership and Discipline' (Kregel, 2017).

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