Bearing Burdens

Scott Hoezee

Read: Galatians 6:1-6 Bear one another’s burdens. (v. 2) Galatians 6 is a little confusing. In verse 2 we read about bearing each other’s burdens. But then in verse 5 Paul writes, “For each will have to bear his own load.” Well, which is it, Paul? Bear each other’s loads or bear our own? It turns out to be both. …

Keeping Step

Scott Hoezee

Read: Galatians 5:25-26 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. (v. 25) Seeing as Paul spent most of this letter turning attention away from the deeds we do, the biggest surprise of Galatians is that it concludes with advice for pure living. But that’s Paul for you: no one preached salvation by …

Gentle Goodness

Scott Hoezee

Read: Galatians 5:22-24 But the fruit of the Spirit is . . . goodness . . . gentleness . . . (vv. 22-23) These days people seem angry. They feel cut off from the prosperity enjoyed by only the few. They see other groups of people doing better, and they come to despise those groups. Even Christians seem angry, protesting …

Love, Joy, Peace

Scott Hoezee

Read: Galatians 5:22-24 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace . . . (v. 22) As mentioned yesterday, each fruit follows the others and we are called to bear all of them. No individual fruit is more important than any others. Yet it is fitting to begin with love. Jesus gave no higher commandment than that we …

Fruit

Scott Nichols

Read: Galatians 5:22-24 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace . . . (v. 22) Apples grow on the branches of a tree that is well rooted in soil. Water from the ground sustains the tree’s leaves, which convert light energy into sugars that help pollinated blossoms grow into juicy pieces of fruit. The character traits we …