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Keep in Step With the Spirit

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Sin

Galatians 6:1–10 NIV
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load. Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor. Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Keep in Step

Galatians 5:25–26 NIV
Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Galatians 5:2
Galatians 5:21 NIV
and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
This could be the passage we use for a theme:
Conceited: falsely proud adjs. — characteristic of a false or fake feeling of self-respect and personal worth.
Provoking: to call out (challenge) v. — to summon someone to a contest or struggle.
Envying: to begrudge v. — to be spiteful or resentful at the success or possessions of another.

Restore the sinner

Galatians 6:1 NIV
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.
Galatian 6:1-
sibling believers n. — believers understood as one’s own siblings in God’s family.
sibling believers n. — believers understood as one’s own siblings in God’s family.
spiritual (mature) adj. — of or characterized by the Holy Spirit; especially of the mature, Christian life and its relation to the Spirit.
spiritual (mature) adj. — of or characterized by the Holy Spirit; especially of the mature, Christian life and its relation to the Spirit.
Restore: to correct ⇔ repair v. — to correct, conceived of as restoring someone by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken.
to be tested v. — to be put to the test in order to ascertain the nature of someone, including imperfections, faults, or other qualities.
meek person n. — a person characterized by being humble, gentle, and mild.

Carries burdens in meekness

Galatians 6:1 NIV
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.
Galatians 6:1–2 NIV
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
burden (concern) n. — an onerous or difficult concern.
burden (concern) n. — an onerous or difficult concern.
My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.” (, NIV)
nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you.” (, NIV)
And when I was with you and needed something, I was not a burden to anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied what I needed. I have kept myself from being a burden to you in any way, and will continue to do so.” (, NIV)

Act in accordance with humility

Galatians 6:3–6 NIV
If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load. Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.
Galatians 6:
We have an obligation to keep in step with the Spirit.
We have an obligation to restore sinners
We have an obligation to carry “each other’s burdens”
We have an obligation to test our own actions.
Galatians 5:25 NIV
Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
Galatians 5:
Galatians 5:26 NIV
Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Galatians
Provoking: to call out (challenge) v. — to summon someone to a contest or struggle.
to call out (challenge) v. — to summon someone to a contest or struggle.
Envying: to begrudge v. — to be spiteful or resentful at the success or possessions of another.

A harmonious and helpful relationship with Christian brethren is essential to a victorious Christian life. Faith must be adorned by fellowship

Stand fast in true Spiritual Liberty: So far in these two chapters we have seen how important it is to stand fast in the true spiritual liberty one has as justified by faith
Picirilli, R. E. (1973). The Book of Galatians (p. 96). Nashville, TN: Randall House Publications.
No excuses for allowing the flesh to lead to sin
Contrast between living in the flesh and living in the Spirit
The Book of Galatians Aiding Others in Meekness (Verses 1–3)

Humility is the right attitude toward oneself, while meekness is the kind of relationship one has with others when he is humble.

The Book of Galatians Aiding Others in Meekness (Verses 1–3)

Sorrows, disappointments, physical problems, material needs, emotional immaturity, difficult decisions—a list of such “burdens” could go on and on. The Christian who is spiritually-minded gladly serves his fellow-believers by getting under these burdens with them and thus making the weight easier to bear. Surely this is what is intended both here and in many similar passages (1 Corinthians 10:24; Philippians 2:4; Romans 12:10, etc.).

1 Corinthians 10:24 NIV
No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.
Humility is the right attitude toward oneself, while meekness is the kind of relationship one has with others when he is humble.
Philippians 2:4 NIV
not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Picirilli, R. E. (1973). The Book of Galatians (p. 97). Nashville, TN: Randall House Publications.
Philippians
Romans 12:10 NIV
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Romans
The Book of Galatians Accounting for Our Own Ministry (Verses 4, 5)

Too often, our ministry becomes professional, or self-seeking, or legalistic. God will examine our work one day (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:9, 10); how much better that final exam will be if we first constantly examine it ourselves and make sure it “tests out” as it should.

2 Corinthians 5:9–10 NIV
So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
The Book of Galatians 2. Sowing and Reaping (Galatians 6:6–10)

The first five verses have presented general principles (with one important application) about the Christian attitude toward oneself, his work, and others. The next five verses deal specifically with matters of a Christian’s service to others, particularly his fellow-believers. This is Christian love in action.

Galatians 6:10 NIV
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Key verse for today’s sermon
Galatians 5:26 NIV
Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
member of a household n. — one of the persons who compose a household; usually consisting of family, servants, and some extended family.
Clearly, Paul is addressing the blending of the spiritual with the flesh.
to cultivate ⇔ sow v. — to cultivate, conceived of as sowing seeds for growth.
sinful humanity ⇔ flesh n. — the physical aspect of a person in distinction to the immaterial soul; often understood as the seat of sin and rebellion to God.
to get ⇔ reap v. — to acquire as a result of some effort or action; conceived of as gathering ripe grain.
those who live by the Spirit should restore gently. But watch out that you are not tempted.
Carry one another’s burdens. This is a fulfillment of the law.
Don’t think greater of yourself.
test your actions
Don’t compare:
The test has to do with walking in the Spirit.
Carry Your Own Load
We reap what we sow
If we sow to please the flesh - we face destruction
If we sow to please the Spirit - we reap eternal life
don’t get weary
let us do good to all people - especially those who belong to the family.
Ephesians 4 NIV
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.” (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed. That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
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