My Life with God

Steep Challenge

What matters is faith working through love. Galatians 5:6b

When a verse resonates with me, when it strikes me, challenges me, or becomes familiar to me, I often read it again and again. I’ll write it over and over. Sometimes I will emphasize different words to let it soak in with slightly different perspectives:

  • What matters is faith working through love.
  • What matters is faith working through love.
  • What matters is faith working through love.
  • What matters is faith working through love.
  • What matters is faith working through love.
  • What matters is faith working through love.
  • What matters is faith working through love.

It might seem silly or excessive or futile to some. To me, it is an interaction with God’s Word that reminds me of how alive and active it is.

This particular verse is incredibly familiar to me. It was one of the verses affixed to the front of the binder I kept to organize all the legal documents and correspondence during the divorce process. While waiting for an appointment or hearing, instead of letting my mind spin and anxiety rise, I’d pray through several verses. Anyone sitting close to me could see the same verses, and I invited that accountability. I wanted the words to live through me.

Familiar verses can be a blessing, yet we can begin to take words for granted. We can coast through the familiarity. That is why I frequently use this approach to consider emphases I might be skimming over.

Two verses stood out to me today, and I almost left them alone in this post. But I decided to invite you into my occasional process to challenge you not to skim but to steep.

Here’s another opportunity:

Don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love. Galatians 5:13b

  • Don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love.
  • Don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love.
  • Don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love.
  • Don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love.
  • Don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love.
  • Don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love.
  • Don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love.
  • Don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love.
  • Don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love.
  • Don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love.
  • Don’t sue this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love.

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