Galatians 3:23-25 (The Message):
"Until the time when we were mature enough to respond freely in faith to the living God, we were carefully surrounded and protected by the Mosaic law. The law was like those Greek tutors, with which you are familiar; who escort children to school and protect them from danger or distraction, making sure the children will really get to the place they set out for.
But now you have arrived at your destination: By faith in Christ you are in direct relationship with God."
Vs 23: We had the law until we were mature enough to respond freely in faith to the living God, the Holy Spirit
We have long been surrounded and protected by the law, the rules and traditions of our churches. It is time to walk in the maturity given to us by God to respond freely in faith to the living Spirit of
God residing in us. It is time to stop doing things JUST because that is how we have always done them. It is time to stop relying on tradition and rote for our salvation. It is time to look to the living God who is leaning towards us, yearning for relationship with us, wanting us to hear and understand the love, the joy, the forgiveness, the redemption, the salvation, the life that he is speaking to us every minute of every day.
Vs 25: We have arrived at our destination, a direct relationship with God, through faith in Christ.
Rejoice! devotional (June 25, 2016) by Tyler Hartford:
"When our lives are reoriented toward Christ, outward appearances might not change, but our personality is transformed and renewed. Only when we clothe ourselves in Christ and allow him to change our behavior does harmonious unity become possible."
Unity with God and those around us becomes possible when we choose to look beyond our own wisdom, our own preferences, our own wants, and allow the living Spirit of God to transform us into the likeness of Christ.
Rejoice! devotional prayer from the same article as above:
"Holy Spirit, there is so much about me that cannot be changed, but help me clothe myself with you."