Galatians 2:17-21 Devotional by Chad

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20, NIV)

This is one of those verses we should memorize and remember every day. If I were to write out Galatians 2:20 in my own words, I would say something like this:

“When I accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, I moved away from a country of sin and slavery to my sin, and I moved to a free country where Christ is the king. He’s a good, perfect king, who loves me as a good father loves his son. He gave up his life so that I can be free. I can trust him to lead me in this free country, and I must never go back to the old country where I was a slave to my sin.”

When I was younger, I used to think following the Ten Commandments and other laws in the Bible were ways we could please God. If we broke a commandment, we made God angry and had to suffer the consequences. Any time I broke God’s rules, I would suffer from guilt and shame.

Studying Galatians, we see sin for what it is: slavery and bondage. Sin separates us from God, but a life in Christ brings freedom from slavery. For example, the Bible says we should be thankful in Colossians 3:15-17. If we break this law by being cynical and having a bad attitude, we lose our freedom to have a thankful spirit and suffer by being negative all of the time. Our cynicism is such an ugly virus that others can catch it as well, and we can cause them to have bad attitudes if they hang out with us for long. Only by confessing our bad attitude and turning away from it, giving Christ the King the throne of our lives by becoming thankful, can we get away from the slavery and find freedom once again.

What did you learn from this passage? What stands out to you? Are there any areas in which you are experiencing slavery and bondage that sin brings to our lives? If so, confess your sin to God and ask him to help you turn away from it. Surrender control of every area of your life to him so you can experience the freedom he freely gives.

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