the only thing that counts is faith working through love. (Galatians 5:6)
As humans we want to know ‘how to do it’ – how to live a life of faith. However, it is easy to be caught up in form or process: ‘am I doing it right?’ Paul clarifies matters for us: ‘faith working through love’. This is simple and clear but it seems to me that it requires us to pay attention to the motives behind our actions. Is this action motivated by faith and done in a self-sacrificing way? Or am I acting to ease my own discomfort? Or am I being controlling?
As they approach their adult lives, young people naturally want to ‘get it right’. Paul’s prescription simplifies matters for them. They need to learn to discern their actions – leaving control and manipulation behind. Such close discernment tells us ‘how to do it’ – in a way that is best for others and ourselves, bringing God’s reign closer.
Have a great week!