Paul’s distress over the state of the Galatians is evident in these impassioned words. However, while Paul had become exasperated with the Galatians, he did not walk away from them.
Instead, he explained to them the truths of the gospel all over again, emphasizing the free gift of salvation they had received in Christ. Though the Galatians were straying, Paul was confident that they could still return to the truth. The “hope of righteousness” through “the Spirit, by faith” (Galatians 5:5) kept Paul optimistic.
Repentance and restoration through the blood of Jesus was a possibility for the Galatians, just as it is for us when we wander. Paul did not give up on them because he knew that the Lord never gives up on us. Do you feel that you have wandered from Jesus? Do you feel distant from the comforting and reassuring voice of the Spirit? Don’t give up! God is always waiting, always ready, to receive you back. Remember the familiar saying that, even if you walk one…
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