• Gentle Admonition Devotional

    Galatians 6:1

    Calvin writes, “Whenever we have occasion to pronounce censure, let us begin with ourselves, and, remembering our own weakness, let us be indulgent to others.” May we never forget the need to take the log out of our own eye as we address the speck in another’s, but let us never think that we must be perfect before we can be used to admonish and restore others. To whom must you utter gentle but firm words of rebuke and restoration this day? View Resource

  • Resisting the Sinful Nature Devotional

    Galatians 6:1–18

    As we finish our study of Galatians, consider anew Paul’s defense of the Gospel. All in whom the Spirit has worked must continue to fulfill the law of Christ. We are not redeemed to live independently. God gave the church for our nurture. Maintain your interdependence with the church—corporately keeping in step with the Spirit. View Resource

  • The Law of Christ Devotional

    Galatians 6:2

    In our increasingly isolated lives here in the West it is hard for us to form relationships that open up opportunities for us to bear the burdens of others. We must therefore make a special effort to get to know people in our churches well so that we can bear their burdens and so that they can bear ours. Is there a burden that you can help shoulder this day? Then go lighten someone’s load. Are you carrying a weight that another can share? Go and tell of your need. View Resource

  • A Call to Self-Examination Devotional

    Galatians 6:3–4

    Take some time this day to perform some self-assessment. Do you think that you are more deserving of God’s favor than other people? Repent if you have so thought. Also, if you have believed the Lord cannot use you, then repent for thinking Him not powerful or creative enough to employ your gifts. Have a close friend help you discern your gifts so that you might know how you can bear the burdens of others. View Resource

  • Caring for Our Shepherds Devotional

    Galatians 6:5–6

    Our local pastors have a responsibility before the Lord for the care of our souls. They will be judged more strictly because of this (James 3:1), and we must do all that we can to help them do their job faithfully. Besides giving money and encouraging the decision-makers in our congregations to pay our ministers well, we can also thank our pastors for preaching the Word of God faithfully. These are all ways we can share “all good things” with our teachers. View Resource

  • The Peril of Self-Deception Devotional

    Galatians 6:7–8

    Augustine comments, “To sow in the spirit is to serve righteousness from faith and with love and not to heed the desires of sin” (ACCNT vol. 8, p. 93). The desires of sin would have us withhold all of our money, but the love of Christ compels us to be generous and share what we have, even if it is not very much. How can you show forth generosity in the name of Jesus today? How does your checkbook reflect your spiritual priorities? View Resource

  • Doing Good to All Devotional

    Galatians 6:9–10

    The recipients of our good deeds are not to be limited to any one group, but we do have a responsibility to take care of our brothers and sisters in the Lord first. John Calvin writes, “There are duties which we owe to all men arising out of a common nature; but the tie of a more sacred relationship, established by God himself, binds us to believers.” How have you sown to the Spirit this week through service to another believer? View Resource

  • The Judaizer’s True Motives Devotional

    Galatians 6:11–12

    John Calvin says that for us, as for the Judaizers, “a dread of the cross” leads one “to corrupt the true preaching of the cross.” The Judaizers were afraid to stand up for what was scandalous in their day — that the cross removes distinctions within the people of God. Today it is a scandal to believe the distinctive acts of Jesus’ death and resurrection are the only way by which we can be reconciled to God. Let us be willing to die for that scandalous truth. View Resource

  • Boasting in the Cross Devotional

    Galatians 6:13–14

    John Chrysostom comments on today’s passage: “By ‘world’ he means not heaven nor earth but the affairs of life, human praise, distinguished positions, reputation, wealth and all things that have a show of splendor. All such things are dead to me. Such should be the case for all Christians” (ACCNT vol. 8, p. 97). What motivates your service to the Lord? Is it to be noticed by men or to show forth your weakness that He might be glorified? View Resource

  • What Really Counts Devotional

    Galatians 6:15–16

    Martin Luther writes, “They are the Israel of God who with faithful Abraham believe the promises of God offered already in Christ, whether they are Jews or Gentiles.” God’s people Israel are not defined by ethnicity but by faith and trust in His covenant promises kept in Jesus the Savior and Messiah. Do you define your hope by these promises? Do you show the same peace and mercy to others that the Lord has shown to you? View Resource

  • Bearing the Marks of Jesus Devotional

    Galatians 6:17–18

    Not all of us live in cultures or societies where physical harm is an inevitable part of faithfulness to Christ Jesus. Yet all of us should bear some kind of marks that testifies to our faithfulness to the Lord, whether they are insults from coworkers or professors, loss of a job, the sacrifice of worldly goods for the sake of gospel ministry, or other such things. What are the marks you bear that testify to your faithfulness to our Lord and Savior? View Resource