My friend is walking through a heartbreaking time. Her child is making disappointing decisions which have been shocking, and my friend and her husband have been left reeling. They have taught their children to love and honor God, and now they are watching in great disappointment as one runs the other way. To know you have shown someone the best path and then watch as they choose a road that leads to destruction is painful. For parents, it’s heartbreaking.
When I read this verse, I couldn’t help but remember the pain my friend is feeling.
“I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who in His love and mercy called you to share the eternal life He gives through Christ. You are already following a different way” (Gal 1:6 NLT)
Paul was a parent in some sense of the word to the churches in Galatia. He had taught these early Christians about Jesus. He had spent time loving them, investing into them, encouraging them, correcting them, and guiding them. He was their spiritual father. I can only imagine his great disappointment when he learned that false teaching was running amuck in Galatia. I’m sure his disappointment turned to heartbreak when he learned the Galatian people were falling for the falsehoods.
In this world it’s far too easy to “follow a different way.”
Paul experienced it in Galatia, and my friend is experiencing it right now. We all have, as a matter of fact. Often the choices before us seem good, and we dive headlong into trouble only to realize our mistakes when consequences bring pain. We are easily fooled, it seems.
The only way to stay on the right path is to know Scripture and stay connected to Jesus. He is the One who said, “I am the Vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in Him, he will bear much fruit. Apart from Me, you can do nothing.” (John 15:5 NLT) We live in a culture that makes lies seem like truth. Without God’s Word and guidance, we’ll be tempted to believe those lies.
Thank God for these truths and hold them close to your heart:
- God loves me.
- God defines me.
- God forgives me.
- God’s grace is sufficient for me.
- God never gives up on me.
- God has a purpose for me.
- God made me in His image.
Then, refuse to believe the lies that the enemy tells in order to twist God’s Word:
- I refuse to believe the lie that God loves me only if I’m behaving well.
- I refuse to believe the lie that my past or my actions define me.
- I refuse to believe the lie that God holds grudges against me in order to punish me.
- I refuse to believe the lie that I must earn God’s love.
- I refuse to believe the lie that God will give up on me.
- I refuse to believe the lie that I have no real purpose.
- I refuse to believe the lie that I’m not beautiful just the way God made me.
Don’t fall for a lie when the Truth is so much better, friends. Arm yourself today!