Word of Life – Gal 5:16-17 (15/7/2018 – 29/7/2018)

“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit,

and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.

They are in conflict with each other,

so that you do not do what you want.”

Reflection on Gal 5:16-17

“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.”

Again, it is good to read the whole chapter five of the Epistle to the Galatians. Apart from dealing with the question of circumcision, it shows true freedom in the Spirit of God. Verses 13 to 15 read: “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: Love your neighbour as yourself. If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.”

This is a kind of introduction to our Word of life. It clearly tells us to live by the power of the Spirit of God. And then we will not gratify the desires of the flesh; in other words, we will not become slaves of lusts.

Word of Life – Gal 4:18-19 (1/7/2018 – 15/7/2018)

«It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good,

and to be so always and not just when I am with you.

My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains

of childbirth until Christ is formed in you.»

Reflection on Gal 4:18-19

“It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always and not just when I am with you. My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you.”

Before penetrating into the depth of these verses, it is appropriate to read the whole chapter four of the Epistle to the Galatians, which contains these words. Here the Spirit of God through the Apostle Paul confronts us with a number of truths. Beginning with verse 12, the Apostle Paul personally addresses the Christians of Galatia: “I plead with you, brothers, become like me, for I became like you. You have done me no wrong. You know I was sick when I first preached the Gospel to you. Even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. Where is that joyful and grateful spirit you felt then? I am sure you would have taken out your own eyes and given them to me if it had been possible. Have I now become your enemy because I am telling you the truth? Those people are zealous to win you over, but their intentions are not good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may be zealous for them.” The Apostle reminds the Galatians of their initial zeal, when he preached Jesus among them by word and mighty deeds. Their sincerity was great.

Reflection on Gal 3:26-27

“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”

These Bible verses, which again we are going to recite for two weeks, are followed by the verses: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Let us be aware that we are sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus rather than through works. We are in Him spiritually; not only through baptism – as it is written that being baptized into Christ we have clothed ourselves with Christ – but also through faith and through the holy sacraments we should be aware of this deep truth, draw strength from it for spiritual struggle and rejoice that Jesus is with us, that we are in Him, and He is in us. As Jesus said: “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in him.” And this happens during Holy Communion in the Divine Liturgy.

Word of Life – Gal 3:26-27 (17/6/2018 – 1/7/2018)

«You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus,

for all of you who were baptized into Christ

have clothed yourselves with Christ.»

Pure love is the sign of the will (+german version)

That is why we pray 7 times a day: “Shema, Israel, you shall love God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength. Lord Jesus, I love You with all my heart, with all my soul and with all my strength. Now I lose my soul for Your sake and the Gospel’s.”

When we will pray so this week, let us realize at least once what we are saying. Be aware that Jesus hears you. And when you say to Him: “I love You”, let it really be with all your heart. “I lose my soul” – this is a concrete act of love. Love does not lie in emotions. Pure love is the sign of the will – I want to love even if I do not feel that I give Jesus the first place in my life.

Word of Life – Rom 5:9 (3/6/2018 – 17/6/2018)

“Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more

shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him!”

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“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.”

Gal 5:16-17 (15/7/2018 – 29/7/2018)