Prayer- Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go Fight-Win. Amen.
7You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth? 8That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. 9"A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough." 10I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion will pay the penalty, whoever he may be. 11Brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. 12As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!
13You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature[a]; rather, serve one another in love. 14The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself."[b] 15If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
Paul insists that he is being persecuted because he is preaching the truth. If he was preaching falsely, who would be offended? This is an excellent point. Usually, we don’t get mad at someone unless what they say bites us. As Hoodie Bauchman said, "if you can’t say amen, you have to say ouch!" If you are being persecuted for standing up for what is right- you will always be in good company in heaven.
We are all free. Free to love, but also free to sin, and this can be a double edged sword. Remember- sin enslaves us. God frees us. Easy to say, but harder to live by. Surround yourselves with loving friends. Friends who both love you and love Jesus. Love your neighbor as you want to be loved, and all will get easier.
Prayer- Lord, help me love my neighbors, and love me more than I love them. Give me the strength to seek freedom from sin, and the wisdom to follow Your works.