from the Galatians reading plan
Galatians 6:1-10 | Hebrews 12:11-13 | Proverbs 3:27
If you’ve ever had a garden, you know that planting seeds is pretty straightforward. If you want to grow marigolds, you plant marigold seeds. If you want to grow tomatoes, you plant tomato seeds. There is a direct relationship between the type of seeds we put in the ground and the plants that grow from them.
In chapter 6, Paul begins to wrap up his letter to the Galatians with some reminders and encouragement. We all have the power to make choices – and our choices have consequences. Just like gardening, we will reap the results of what we “plant” with our actions. But Paul also reminds us that we are not alone – we are in a community of believers. When someone falls, we can help them up. And we can encourage and help each other with good deeds.
If you have made sinful choices in the past, did you ever experience another believer restoring you with gentleness? Have you ever been able to share that gentle restoration with someone else?
How have you seen the principle of sowing (choices) and reaping (consequences) play out in your own life?
What does it mean to bear one another’s burdens? What are practical ways we can do so? What is something you can do today to bear someone’s burden or do good to another believer?