Galatians 5:5-6 (NIV)
5 For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
“Faith expressing itself through love” thus forges a strong link between the so-called theological section of the letter and the so-called ethical section. Paul’s argument may thus be more continuous than we have sometimes recognized: throughout the letter he focuses on the sufficiency of the Spirit and faith for the “righteousness” that counts before God. Those who are “in Christ” by faith need to live by faith, a faith that produces works of love pleasing to God through the Spirit; and it is by living in this way that people can have a sure hope of righteousness” Douglas J. Moo, Galatians, Baker, p. 331.
Prayer: let’s pray this for ourselves and for the church, that as we continue to grow in the expression of our faith through love, that the body of Christ will be built up and edified more and more.
Song: This is an old but goodie by our own rxn, Labor of Love (To listen click here)