v 6 For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love.
Paul had an impeccable record as an orthodox Jew. You can read it in Philippians 3 ‘ I was circumcised when I was eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin—a real Hebrew if there ever was one! I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law. I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church. And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault. ‘ All very interesting and apparently valuable, but, says Paul, in the long run of no lasting significance. What is important is faith expressing itself in love. Notice, it is not faith on its own, but faith expressed in love. Not just faith and love talked about but expressed in everyday living.
There is the challenge of the readings this week.
How will you express your faith in the daily grind of life’s experiences?
Here is a daily prayer; make it your own as you follow Jesus.
I confess that my actions do not always match my Christian profession. Please forgive me.
I don’t deserve it, but I know Jesus died to provide the remedy for my sin. I really do want to live in a way that pleases You and speaks of faith to any who may be watching me this week. Empower me by your Holy Spirit to match my words with loving action. In Jesus’ Name. AMEN