“If You Bite And Eat Each Other” ( Galatians 5: 15-17, Wycliffe ) by Carley Evans

Always interesting to me what part of a passage catches our attention or focus. In this portion of Paul’s letter to the church at Galatia, the verse that gains my attention is “and if ye bite, and eat each other, see ye, lest ye be wasted each from other.” This biting and devouring of one another apparently is “the desire of the flesh.” We desire to put the other down; seems this is our natural tendency. So, Paul says “to us in Christ, walk ye in Spirit.” If you walk in Spirit, “ye shall not perform the desires of the flesh.” You shall not put your brother or sister down so as to lift yourself up.
Why is this? Because, says Paul, “the flesh coveteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.” The Holy Spirit has no desire to put us down, to keep us in our old desire to be powerful, to be first. Rather the Holy Spirit seeks peace, joy, goodness.
Read the passage again:
“15 And if ye bite, and eat each other, see ye, lest ye be wasted each from other.

16 And I say to you in Christ, walk ye in Spirit, and ye shall not perform the desires of the flesh.

17 For the flesh coveteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these be adversaries together, that ye do not all things that ye will [that ye do not those things, whatever ye will].”

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. lambskinny says:

    Hey Patricia — thanks so much. God bless you, dear sister in Christ. Carley

  2. Reblogged this on Justification by Grace and commented:
    I think you’ll be as blessed and convicted by these particular devotional thoughts from Carley at Grace Partakers. Enjoy.

  3. lambskinny says:

    Thanks so much Jon. Also, I appreciate your re-blogging my post. God bless. Carley

  4. lambskinny says:

    God bless you, Michael. Thanks.

  5. lambskinny says:

    Thanks 3rd Culture Children.

  6. Petra Hefner says:

    Beautifully true, convicting and encouraging all at the same time. Visiting from Jon’s site. Blessings!

    1. lambskinny says:

      Thank you so much, Petra. Stick around; I’ve been writing this blog (or these posts) since 2008! God’s blessings, Carley

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