Wholehearted Love For God

Galatians 5:1-12  

It is clear that there were false teachers among the Galatians who were advocating a return to living by the law as a means to earning righteousness. The Israelites followed many laws that dictated their lifestyle, from what they could eat, wear, drink to being circumcised as a sign of the covenant between God and Abraham. 

Jesus Christ came so that their slavery to these laws could be abolished. God has no interest whatsoever anymore, in the keeping of these laws which don't really reveal the inner workings of a person's heart. It is easy for anybody to obey a set of laws that say do not eat the meat of pig or grow your beard long or something similar. Does it show that the person truly loves God? That he wants to glorify God always and in everything? Hardly! 

Verse 6 is all important in this context. The only thing that is important is faith expressing itself through love. What is this love? Wholehearted love for God and for fellow human beings. The ten commandments can be compressed into these two most important commandments that Christ himself gave us. If and when we have true faith in him, we will express it through our love for him and for our fellow beings. Please do not misinterpret these epistles to think that faith in Jesus Christ and the freedom thereof means there is no need to obey his commandments. If you notice that there is a lack of zeal on your part to love the Lord with all your heart, soul and mind and to love your neighbour as yourself, please understand that you are not living by faith. 

Let's look at verse 9. It is similar to what Jesus our Lord warned his disciples against in Luke 12:1-3. He warned them about the yeast of the Sadducees. Here Paul alludes to the yeast of false doctrine that emphasises on following laws that focus on an external show of reverence and allegiance to God as opposed to true faith in God. 

The Holy Bible shows us the truth. It has the truth about the way to eternity and salvation, a way to live our lives here on earth while we wait for his coming again in glory. Let us ask God for wisdom and knowledge to understand what it says, and let us turn to it everyday to have our conversation with God, amen.

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