Updated: Jun 21, 2021
STEP 1 - Read Galatians 5:13-26
(13) You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
(14) For the entire law is fulfilled
in keeping this one command:
(15) If you
bite and devour each other,
watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
(16) So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. (17) For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. (18) But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
(19) The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; (20) idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions (21) 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.
(22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (24) Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (25) Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. (26) Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
STEP 2 - Reflect
Yesterday you were reminded that your core identity is being a person who has been called to be free, but yet you still have an obligation to fulfill God’s law. Thankfully the Bible doesn’t pile a bunch of impossible rules on top of you in order to fulfill the law (the opposite of freedom). Rather, as someone called to be free you can fulfill God’s law by “loving your neighbor as yourself.”
It’s not that hard to list out a bunch of ways to love your neighbor (you’ll have lots of opportunities to do this on the trip), but what often gets missed is the second half of that phrase. You need to have a healthy love for yourself. If you hate (or even just dislike) yourself, you’ll never be able to truly fulfill the obligation you have to love your neighbor.
Remember, you’re different from the world. Worldly peop