Manipulate?

“Did you go through this whole painful learning process for nothing? It is not yet a total loss, but it certainly will be if you keep this up!” Galatians 3:4

Apostle Paul called the Galatians “crazy” for losing focus on Jesus. Wasn’t his sacrifice on the cross clear enough? Paul accused them of “working their heads off to please God” instead of responding to God’s message.

I admit on occasion I have a case of “motor mouth” that my discerning gears fail to slow down my thoughts or brakes to shut my mouth. I’ve learned to recant, beg forgiveness, or try to cover one statement with another, but it doesn’t erase anything said either in jest, as sarcasm, or just plain stupidity of a subject.

Misunderstandings are the result of a comment which is not carefully conveyed. One time I said, “I’ve been guilty of being a manipulator,” and lost credibility with a friend. What I didn’t say was “I am capable of getting what I want when I know there are loose links in a relationship.” I will try harder in the future to change my way of communicating!

I wonder if the Galatians were manipulating God’s law instead of trusting him. If they do “right” all the time, isn’t that enough? Paul was aware he manipulated the law to punish new Christians, and as a new Christian, came down hard on those who just didn’t “get it.”

Dear Lord, help us never lose sight of the cross and what it means to us. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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