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“But not even Titus, who was with me, though he was a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised.  But it was because of the false brethren secretly brought in, who had sneaked in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage” (Galatians 2:3-4).

Legalism sneaks in time and time again.  Yes, God’s law is good, but we are not expected to live out all the law.  We cannot.  If we could, we would have no need for a savior.  Besides, circumcision was a sign and not the promise.  Christ has fulfilled for us all that need be done, so why the sign? Yet, there are those who will insist that we must do this or that when what we need is Christ’s salvation.

Lord, I know that I am unable to fulfil the law.  I also know the law is good and as far as I am able, I am to uphold what You have commanded.  Lord, keep me from those who make life difficult and want other things added to the faith.  Help me to live in the liberty You give by grace that I may walk the narrow path and go where You lead me.  Guide me through those who would hinder me.

Lord Jesus, In You alone is all hope.  You have come that we might have life and have it abundantly.  You have freed us from the trap of trying to appease or please in order to live seeking to be conformed to Your image.  Lead me this day, O Lord, and keep me from those who would wrap me up in the nonsense of legalism or the false freedom of doing what pleases me.  Amen.

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