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Galatians, Chapter Four, Lesson Two

CORRECTING WITH COMPASSION   Galatians 4:12-20             Print this Bible Study

STIMULATE

** As our study concluded last week, we committed to live our lives "Never Turning Back" to our old lifestyles, but to give Him the "gift" of our loving obedience each day. Do you recall the subtle error made by the Galatians and even Christians today, as they try to live out their lives by the Grace of God?

Not depending totally upon that grace at all times, but thinking you are good enough to make it on your own.

** How have you done this past week, obeying the Lord by the power of His grace?

Each time that I would see God's marvelous grace at work, I was reminded of how important my "gift" of obedience was, and that would bring my heart back to where the Lord wants it to stay.

MOTIVATE

** Our joy as Christians is to walk each day in sweet fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ. How should we respond to those who might get caught up in the same error as did the Galatians? Today the apostle Paul will show us how to be "Correcting with Compassion" those who need to be reminded of God's precious truth. Please join me now in Galatians 4:12-20, as we see the loving heart of the apostle and strive to make it the pattern for our own lives.

Read Passage (V.12-15) (V.16-20)

Opening Prayer

Correcting with Compassion

INVESTIGATE

V.12 ** What change in Paul's tone becomes apparent as we open our passage for today?

Compassion! Up to this point in his epistle, Paul has firmly presented three and one half chapters of sound doctrine. cf. Galatians 3:1 and 3

Although he was an apostle of Jesus Christ with the authority to demand obedience, he "begs" them to follow his pattern.

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