Monday, June 26, 2023
Early in this letter, Paul talked about summing up the "whole law":
For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." 
As people in Galatia argued about the place of the Torah and the Jewish Law, Paul was emphatic that no one would be justified and made right by keeping the Law, but only by grace through faith.  But to help both Jew and Gentile find a practical way of getting along and living authentically as Jesus' disciples, Paul reminded them to love their neighbor as Jesus had commanded them.  If we must love our neighbors who are not believers, surely we should demonstrate our love for our brothers and sisters even more. We should share each other's burdens. We should lighten the load on each other. We should help each other.
Rather than loading people down with more to do, we should lighten their load and find grace together in following Jesus as Lord.  Rather than flaunting our freedom in grace, we should use grace to be patient and understanding with each other.  Despite our differences in culture, heritage, practice, ethnicity, language, and traditions, we are all people for whom Christ died.  Therefore, rather than quarreling, demeaning, or attacking each other,  we should bear each other's burdens, lift each other's loads, and share each other's struggles and show that we are Jesus' disciples  as we discover our genuine love for each other by our actions! 
Open my heart, dear Lord, to see the burdens my brothers and sisters are trying to carry and lovingly join them in carrying those burdens. Holy Spirit, please grow my heart in empathy toward those in Christ who are different from me or may even criticize me. I trust, dear Spirit, that as God pours love into my heart through Your presence, I can channel that love to be gracious and helpful to my brothers and sisters. I ask this in the name of Jesus and for the blessing of my brothers and sisters. Amen.
Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.
'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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