SS lesson May 24
Instructions for Christian living
Galatians 6:1-18 please read
Some inserts from The lesson
(1) Often Christians are told to focus on their own shortcomings, not the sins of others. However, as Paul taught the Galatians, believers must not only be ready to repent of their own sins, but they must also be ready to help restore other believers who have fallen into sin. The help Christians offer one another is more than a procedure to be followed; it is a priority to carry one another’s burdens of weakness through mutual encouragement and exhortation.
Christians also show their love for each other in practical acts of service, and they reach out to the unbelieving world in the same way.
(2) Key verse: Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not. Galatians 6:9
(3) What is a Christians responsibility when another believer gets caught up in sin? Galatians 6:1-2 provides some valuable practical instruction. The intent of these verses is not to have believers constantly critique the lives of their brothers and sisters in the lord. Rather, when it becomes apparent that a fellow Christian is caught in a sin, action must be taken to restore that person . Note the emphasis on gentleness, as well as the recognition that Christians are indeed vulnerable to temptation (see 1 Corinthians 10:12).
(4) Christians are to help one another bear their burdens and weaknesses. In doing so they demonstrate the love of Christ and follow his commands . He commanded his people to love one another, providing evidence of their identity as his people. With Christ as the model of love and holiness, believers bear each other’s burdens as they seek to live out a consistent, godly life.
(5) No Christian is immune to temptation and above the need for correction. Paul warned , “if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself ”.
(6) The day will come when Christians will stand before the Lord. At that time, they will not be held responsible for the actions of others, but only for their own. (See Romans 14:10-12; Ephesians 2:8-10 ). Thus believers should watch their own spiritual lives closely, assist other believers who have fallen into sin, and remember that each person is accountable to God.
(7) When sin becomes known, Christians must be ready to help restore those who have strayed. Rather than gloat about ones own superiority, gentleness and humility should control the attitudes and actions of the restorer. Self examination is critical: are you maturing in your spiritual life? All Christians are responsible to God for how they live.
(8) Believing that one cannot fall into sin is a common way people deceive themselves. It is also deceptive to believe that sin has no consequences. But God sees sin. And he judges sin. Paul wrote that a failure to believe in Gods judgement is mockery of God himself (Galatians 6:7).
(9) Weariness can set in when a Christian has been waiting some time for God to bring a turnaround in his or her life. Paul continued his agricultural illustration by encouraging the Galatians to avoid becoming weary in their spiritual walk. God would surely send a spiritual harvest. God had sent his son to die for believers justification “when the set time had Fully come” In the same way , God will bring his children a reward for their faith and actions at the proper time. In the meantime , believers must not give up. The Bible records many examples of people who served God for long periods of time in difficult circumstances, only to be rewarded years later. Joseph, imprisoned and later raised to leadership, is just one example (Genesis 39-41) .
(10) Christians might find a number of reasons to boast: the status they have obtained in their church, certain rituals they perform, or their participation in particular acts of service. Paul would not boast of himself in any way, even
tho he was a great leader in the early church. Any boasting of his would only focus in the glory of the cross.