Scripture:   Galatians 4:19  My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, 

Observation:    Paul, had previously spoken of the people in Galatia as sons; he now speaks of them as children, his children.  He claims to have even gone through birthing pains for them.  And now he is again experiencing the same pains.  I believe women can especially understand Paul’s dilemma as their grown children make choices that hurt the hearts of loving mothers.  The Galatians are turning away from the good news of freedom in loving and serving God to a belief that they have to keep the law in order to be accepted by God.  Paul did not want them to have a relationship with the law, but with God as Christ who was living in them becomes visible in their speech and actions.  Note Paul’s goal:  Christ being formed in them.

Application:   God’s goal for me is that the life of Jesus be easily and readily seen in my words and actions.  And God does not want me to live like Jesus because I must, but because I want to.        

Prayer:   Lord, may it be obvious to you and to everyone around me that being like you is not my duty, it is my joy.  Amen 

Pastor Leon
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