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YOU ARE NOT IN CONTROL

January 24, 2015

Saturday

 

Galatians 4:17

 

They make much of you, but for no good purpose. They want to shut you out that you may make much of them.

 

 

LESSON

 

The Galatians were losing their good attitude toward Paul. They had earlier appreciated Paul so much that they would have given him their most precious possessions. Now the Galatians were regarding Paul suspiciously as an enemy. The Judaizers were seeking to shut the Galatians out of the sphere of Paul’s influence and the gospel’s, so that his readers would become dependent on them. Paul “sought” his readers for the right reason namely their need to grow in grace, not only while he was with them but always.

In the course of reasoning with the Galatians on sentimental grounds, Paul has some things to say about true friends and false friends. True friends will tell you the truth even if it makes them your enemy. False friends will tell you what you want to hear just to get close to you. Beware of false friends because their motives are not honest.

 

Memory Verse: James 1:26

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