Carefully listen to Paul’s words in Galatians 4:6 – “Because you are sons and daughters of God, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer slaves…” The phrase ‘Abba! Father!’ is both desperate and intimate. It’s a statement of desperate need, deep longing, and strong relational love. This is the kind of love we should experience for God because of His Spirit’s presence in our lives.
Here’s the problem: Much of modern Christianity seems to lack a desperate need for God, deep longing for God, and strong relational love for God. Discuss these questions:
1.) Why should Christians be concerned when these qualities are absent from their lives?
2.) According to this verse, is Christian maturity just a matter of believing right things and doing right things? Why or why not?
In Galatians chapter 4, Paul reminded the Galatian Christians of the joyful friendship they once shared. He wrote: “You did not scorn or despise me, but received me as an angel of God… For I testify to you that, if possible, you would have gouged out your eyes and given them to me.” They shared a long history of friendship and care for each other.
But the Galatians lost their way. They wandered from the Gospel and fell into error. They set aside sound teaching and embraced false teaching. So Paul asked them a direct question in verse 16: “Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?” Discuss these questions:
1.) Can you describe a time in your life when a friend or family member felt like an enemy to you because they spoke a needed but hard truth into your life? Why was it difficult for you to accept that they were right and you were wrong?
2.) Can you describe a time in your life when a friend or family member began treating you like an enemy because you spoke a needed but hard truth into their life? Why does holding fast to truth make our relationships harder? Is it really worth it?