The earliest Christians followed a Jewish tradition of pausing to pray, preferably together, first thing in the morning, about mid morning, at noon, about mid afternoon, and in the evening. “Just a Note” posts are brief observations made from Scripture readings not related to a lectionary. If I have one to post, it normally appears about 9:00 in the morning, at “the hour of prayer.”
Galatians 6:1-5 speaks of the tragedy, and it is a terrible tragedy, of a believer becoming entrapped in sin. How can this happen? At its most basic level, Christians become entrapped in sin when we decide to work life and salvation out on our own terms instead of trusting in God’s grace. It is exactly the main point of Galatians being articulated once again.
There is a lot of teaching around, especially in Western Christianity, which says that the true Christian will not be beleaguered by sin. If this is the case, then either we must deny being Christians or we must say that the sin we so easily commit must not count. Neither is a biblically acceptable answer. Rather, those who are relatively sound in their Christian faith help the rest of us get untangled. This untangling happens as we look to the promise of forgiveness we have in Jesus.
If we look elsewhere, we are the people who are deceiving ourselves (v. 3). Rather, let us look to Jesus, who has completed salvation for us.
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