Galatians 6:1-10 Study Guide
1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. 5 For each will have to bear his own load. 6 Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. 7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Main idea: Believers should fulfill the commandment to love others as themselves and bear one another’s burdens.
Overview: Paul illustrates how those who are in Christ should restore their brother or sister in sin and bear one another’s burdens. In our own strength, Paul argues that we are nothing- and it is only through sowing a life to the Spirit that results in eternal life.
Observation and Interpretation:
- How does Paul define “any transgression?” (See 2 Corinthians 2:7, Hebrews 12:13)
- Why is it necessary to approach a brother or sister in sin with gentleness? (See 2 Timothy 2:25.) How else should we be careful to approach these circumstances?
- Galatians 6:10 says “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” What does it mean to do good to everyone? How can you especially “do good” for others in the church?
- Paul argues that those who boast and rely upon their own strength and wisdom are deceived. Describe ways we often rely upon ourselves and our abilities?
- How does loving like Christ look different from how the world loves? Practically, how can we better reflect the image of Christ to our communities?
- Paul encourages us not to grow weary of doing good. What hope can you cling to when you are tired? (See 1 Corinthians 15:58; Hebrews 10:36, Hebrews 12:5) Do you have any examples of a time when you wanted to give up, and the Lord sustained you and grew you as a result?
Prayer Point: Spend some time in prayer thanking God for the community he has given you, and that Jesus is the ultimate burden-bearer.