Galatians 3:3

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Friday October 21, 2022

Galatians 3:3
Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

We all need this question.

There are many Christians who began promisingly, but who have little by little sunk down into a weak, soft, cowardly, and bungling life, with the result that their Christianity is only a shadow, yes, a caricature of what it at one time was.

Permit me to mention one of the most important causes of this degeneration of the Christian life.

We sin our daily affairs. It may be that we have a violent temper or that we are peevish, untruthful, or frivolous. Father, mother, spouse, brothers and sisters, children or servants see it. Here is where many Christians have lost their boldness, both before God and people.

They do not give up Christianity. That they cannot do. But they become defeated warriors. Unhappy and unmanly or unwomanly. With the pressure of a bad conscience to contend with continually.

The wounds of the soul will not heal.

True, they confess their sins to God and try to comfort their restless souls with the grace of God. But peace and joy will not return.

The simple and absolutely unfailing remedy for this cancer of the Christian life is this: Pray for forgiveness! I mean ask the people for forgiveness who have witnessed your failures. Tell them that you did not act like a Christian. Tell them how it hurts you. And you will experience the releasing effect of such confession.

The fact that it is exceedingly hard for all of us to ask for forgiveness shows how sin has ravaged our lives. We instinctively seem to think that we lose something essential if we ask for forgiveness.

Pray God for courage to do this, and you will see how you will succeed in your whole Christian life.

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O. Hallesby, God’s Word for Today: A Daily Devotional for the Whole Year, translator Clarence J. Carlsen (Augsburg, 1994)
Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, NKJV © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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