Monday--Galatians 3. I know as Christians we are God's people, but the last verse in this chapter seems to take it one more step. Paul said if we are Christ's, then we are Abraham's seed. That makes me feel so special!
Tuesday--Galatians 4. This chapter has the "adoption of sons" verses in it, but that's not what stuck out at me today. I noticed, in particular, verses 15-16. These people loved Paul so much that they would have given him their eyeballs, but he says one thing they don't like and he's suddenly the enemy? I wonder how many times I love someone until they tell me something I don't want to hear...I wonder how many people love me until I tell them something they don't want to hear.
Wednesday--Galatians 5. The fruit of the Spirit. It seems like they are listed in order of difficulty. The hardest thing of all is to love someone, truly love like Jesus loves us. Isn't it easier to be gentle and patient with someone we love? If we can keep joy and peace in our heart, won't it be so much easier to exercise temperance?
Thursday--Galatians 6. I think it's interesting that after six short chapters, Paul directs the Galatians' attention to the huge letter that he just wrote to them. It's interesting because didn't he just write two books, one with 13 chapters and one with 16, to the Corinthians? Whyever does he think 6 chapters is long? Maybe he's referring more to the content...the Corinthians needed to be woken up to the bad things they were doing. The Galatians received more doctrine to grow with.
Friday--Ephesians 1. Wow, I didn't get very far before words jumped off the page! Verse 3--spiritual blessings. During this month of giving thanks for all things, I think I get too caught up in physical blessings. Having things, going places, doing activities. This is good stuff, but when I look over my list of things I'm thankful for, more items are physical than spiritual. I need to be more thankful for my spiritual blessings. Aren't they the ones that really matter, anyway?
Saturday--Ephesians 2. I love verse 4. Every time I read it, I feel God's arms around me. The preceding verses talk about how bad I used to be, "But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us," forgave me! I looked up both words, grace and mercy, and I wrote down their definitions, because I can never remember which is which. Mercy is not getting what I deserve. I don't understand how He could love me so much, but I am so thankful!