– by Helen Alston
“As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you, and even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself. Where, then, is your blessing of me now? I can testify that, if you could have done so, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me.” – Galatians 4:13-15
In this passage Paul is questioning if the Galatians have lost the joy of their Salvation due to legalism. He had noticed a difference in them. Perhaps the legalism had made them feel guilty or inadequate.
Have you lost the joy of the Lord? Do you feel guilty or inadequate?
Remembering what Christ did for you and that God is “the one who gives us victory over our enemies” (Psalm 44: 7) is important. God is the one whom you can trust and look to for help. You do not have to do things in your own strength.
God say to you, “Delight yourself in Me; let Me become the desire of your heart”. When you look to God you experience joy.