In keeping in step with the Spirit, we can’t ignore sin. But we don’t just condemn the person either. We are supposed to restore that person. And beyond that, Paul says:
2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Now, this seems a little contrary to what he says just three verses later that each person should carry their own load, but I think it is not. We are responsible for ourselves. But as members of the body of Christ, we can help each other out to make things easier for our brothers and sisters.
The next paragraph is encouraging! Don’t give up – something better is coming!
9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Paul wraps up this book by going back to the topic of circumcision that was causing divide.
15 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation.
Do it or don’t do it – it doesn’t matter. We are under a new law of freedom now. This may not be an issue that causes divide amongst Christians today, but we can get trapped in other debates about things that don’t really matter. If we are new creations in Christ, we should live like it, in the freedom his sacrifice has given us, giving honor to him and our Father.
Thanks for reading this week – I hope you gained something from these devotions!