Galatians 5:10-15 KJV
10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.
11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.
12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.
13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
We need to have the same confidence in each other that Paul does in the Galatians. He says that he has confidence that they will not be otherwise minded. In other words, he says that he is confident the they will come back and adhere to the grace message that he had preached. We always need to be in prayer that those around us will hear the true message of Christ and not listen to people who would try to drive them away. There are many who scoff at the notion of being born again or being saved by grace. There are many that don’t even think they need to be saved. They think their life is going to go along just fine without God. Or maybe they know God in some form or fashion but they have never committed their life to Him. We have to pray that they come to the knowledge of the Lord and stop listening to anyone who say they can make heaven without God. Or that hell is a place for partying and meeting old buddies. Or that they tell them they have to do more to please God first. Or that they have to be Catholic, Methodist, Baptist or some other denomination. Maybe they have been told they do not need Christ and that heaven is automatic go to church and pay their tithes and be nice. Those who mislead people like this will be judged on their own. Any preacher who preaches this will be judged and their flocks will be removed from them (Ezek 34:10). It could be the preacher for the largest church in the world. All anyone must do is commit their life to Christ and they will have new life. This is the message of grace.
Paul then asks why he is being persecuted. The Judaizers are offended by the Cross of Christ. They think the circumcision is necessary and that those who preach the cross are wrong. If Paul change this message he feels like he would still be persecuted. The Judaizers would still give him a problem. He desires that the Galatians cut off the people who are troubling them. If people are troubling us about our salvation we should cut them off – just not listen to them anymore and dismiss their claims. We should pray for those who try to draw us away from grace. We need to pray that they too will be saved and cut off from the law. Saved under the abundant grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
We have been called in to Liberty. The word liberty is the Greek word eleutheria. It is always translated liberty or freedom. The meaning is similar to being freed from slavery, the bondage that the law brought. We have been set free from that by grace. We should not use that liberty to please our flesh, though. This liberty was given to us so we could serve one another and to help one another out. This is the highest calling of God – to show mercy to one another. I’m in the middle of a wonderful study in a book called The Mercy Studies. It was written about 60 years ago by Rex Andrews and is a powerful look at mercy all the way through the Bible. When we love our neighbor as ourselves what we are actually doing is showing mercy. Just as God showed us mercy when we needed it and still does today.
Jesus said blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy. Is there anyone reading this that can honestly say they do not want Mercy from the Lord? If you do say that I really don’t think you know what you’re saying. Every blessing that he provides for us is mercy. He loves us more than we can possibly imagine. He shows us mercy upon mercy every single day. The rising of the sun is Mercy. The air we breathe is Mercy. The rain is Mercy. The beating of our heart as Mercy. The wisdom and knowledge that we have is Mercy. It’s all Mercy.
And what He asks us to do is to give that mercy to somebody else. He desires that we be merciful to others. To be forgiving to others. To help others in their time of need. To provide what we can to those that are less or maybe even more fortunate than we are. Everybody needs a boost sometime. We are put here to bless one another and those blessings are all mercy.
I see way too many people fulfilling verse 15. Biting and devouring one another. Sharp words that hurt, Facebook post that tear people apart. Backbiting and gossiping. These things only bring people down. We can destroy one another very easily just by the things we say or the things we post on Facebook. All my fellow Christians, please be careful what you do and say. Our mandate from God is to first preach the Good News. Then we are to love and edify one another. If you have been guilty of gossip or demeaning others, ask God’s forgiveness. Then ask the other person for forgiveness. Then get start on the path of uplifting speech to all. Remember, if you are merciful, you will obtain mercy. How you treat others will reflect back to you.
The next section we’re going to go into tells us why it’s so important to walk in mercy and it gets into some of the attributes that God has given us to show mercy. I pray that as we enter into the rest of the study that you will look at yourselves. I mean take a really hard look and make sure that you are showing mercy everyday of your lives