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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Bible Passage:Gal 4:20

but I could wish to be present with you now and to change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.

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It is a common saying that a letter is a dead messenger, for it can give no more than it has.  And no epistle or letter is written so exactly that there is nothing lacking.  For the circumstances are varied: there is a variety of times, places, persons, manners, and affections, all of which no epistle can express.  Therefore it moves the reader in a variety of ways, making him now sad, now merry, as he himself is disposed.  But if anything is spoken sharply or inappropriately, the live voice of a man present might expand, mitigate, or correct the same.  Therefore the Apostle wishes that he were with them, so that he might temper and change his tone, if he should see it is needed by the nature of their reaction.  If he should see any of them too very much troubled, he might so temper his words that they should not feel oppressed by them with more sorrow: on the other hand, if he should see others responding in arrogance, he might more sharply reproach them, lest they should be too secure and confident in themselves, and so at length come to despise God and His grace.  Paul says, I am so troubled in spirit, that I am not confident as to how most effectively to approach you in writing.  In this letter we have a clear disclosure of the true affection of an Apostle.  He omits nothing; he chides the Galatians, he entreats them, he speaks gently to them, he highly commends their faith, laboring by all means to bring them back again to the truth of the Gospel and to deliver them out of the snares of the false apostles.

Anoint them prophets! Make their ears attend
To Thy divinest speech; their hearts awake
To human need; their lips make eloquent
To assure the right, and every evil break.

aka Pastor Robin Fish
It isn't whether we win or lose, it is "Do we stand faithfully?"

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