July 9, 2014


Galatians 5:1-15

I recently read a detailed biography about one of my favorite actors. He is not the person I envisioned him to be. His life has been all you might expect from a Hollywood celebrity. His notoriety and wealth have afforded him liberties most of us can hardly imagine and he has extensively indulged the flesh. Nevertheless, he is but one more meandering soul who stands in need of God’s abundant mercy and grace.

In Galatians 5, the Apostle Paul reminds us that Christians have been freed from the law of sin and death through Jesus Christ. However, he cautions against using our liberty to indulge the flesh. Instead, he calls us to use our freedom in a better way—through loving and serving one another.

We all muddle up things and disappoint others at various times in our lives. We all sin and stand in need of God’s abundant mercy, love, and forgiveness. It would be nice to experience some of God’s love and mercy in this life—and we can become that experience for each other. That is what we are called to be as faithful followers of Jesus Christ: God’s expressions of love, mercy, and forgiveness to those around us.

Prayer: Loving God and Creator of all, guide us to be agents of reconciliation and fill us with your Holy Spirit that we may truly become ministers of your love, mercy, and forgiveness in this broken world, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Rev. Robert V. Alle, NALC Pastor.

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