Galatians: Speaking the Truth in Love

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| Written by Andrew and Jamie Wommack | 

When was the last time someone you respected corrected you? Telling the truth, even if it means risking rejection, is a strong indication of someone’s genuine concern. In the book of Galatians, we have a front-row seat to the Apostle Paul’s loving but stern correction to the Galatian church. 

Galatia is the same region where Paul had been stoned and left for dead and afterward preached the Gospel to those same people who harmed him. And the church that grew there was doing well until a group of Judaizers convinced the people that faith in Jesus was not enough. They told the Christians they needed to maintain Old Testament laws to be accepted by God. 

When the Apostle Paul found out what was going on, he was pretty upset. In fact, the book of Galatians contains some of the sharpest rebukes in all the Bible, yet Paul was willing to communicate the truth to these people out of love for them. 

You need to tell people the truth. Sad to say, few Christians today are willing to speak the truth in love if it means offending someone or, worse, getting themselves in trouble. Telling people the truth won’t always affect them in a positive way. But the truth is the only thing that will set people free, so you’ve got to tell people the truth. 

Notice how Paul starts off his letter with “Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ” (Gal. 1:3). That’s because the rebuke he was about to give wasn’t because he didn’t love these people; it was because he did love them. 

One of my favorite scriptures I use all the time is Galatians 4:16 which says, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” When people set up rules and things you must do to be accepted by God, that’s not the biblical Gospel. 

Today, people will say you’ve got to go to church, pay your tithes, and live a holy life to get God to answer your prayers. They embrace the need for Jesus but say you also need to provide your own holiness. That’s a perversion of the Gospel, and it’s exactly what the Apostle Paul is preaching against. 

Paul said you’re either saved by grace without any work on your part or you’re saved by works without any grace on God’s part (Rom 11:6). He is saying salvation is either by Jesus alone or it’s you alone—not a combination of the two. The only thing we contribute to our salvation is our sin.  

God’s grace is so infinitely superior to your having to earn God’s favor and live up to all these things. You’d have to be crazy to accept legalism rather than the grace of God. God’s grace makes everything available to you based on what Jesus did. It’s not what you do for Jesus—it’s what Jesus did for you. 

It’s faith that gives us access to God, not our own attempts at holiness and certainly not our meager performance. We should live holy so we don’t give an inroad to Satan. We should live holy because God has changed us and we’re a brand-new person. But we do not have to live holy to deserve the things of God. And if you think you do, that could be the very thing that’s stopping the power of God from flowing in your life. 

The truth is you aren’t worthy. But the good news is you don’t have to be worthy. All you must do is put faith in a savior who obtained all these things for you by His holiness. And He offers it to you as a free gift. That’s the pure Gospel. Praise the Lord!

We need to humble ourselves to receive God’s grace and quit trying to add anything to it. I encourage you to visit my website at awmi.net where you can watch or listen to my full teaching on Galatians free. If you’re in need of prayer or would like to talk to someone about this teaching, I encourage you to call our Helpline at 719-635-1111.

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