What Happened?

“What then has become of the blessing you felt? For I testify to you that, if possible, you would have gouged out your eyes and given them to me.” (Gal. 4:15)

Something happened when Paul preached and taught. Those who heard the message received a blessing. They were aware that something wonderful was occurring to them and that was one of the reasons that they treated Paul like an angel or even Jesus Christ. The power of the Holy Spirit was working among them and when they obeyed the good news that the Holy Spirit became a part of them, entering their hearts and guiding them.

Paul talks about how close a relationship they had by saying they would have given him their eyes. Many think that this implies that Paul needed their eyes and perhaps his were not so good but even if they weren’t it wouldn’t explain why that would have been a trial or something to despise. The fact is that this expression about the eyes was a common one to show how much a person cared. It may or may not signify anything about the actual condition of Paul’s physical body.

Paul is reminding them that they so received him as to be willing to sacrifice something important to see to his needs. This is the mark of a wonderful relationship and now Paul is baffled that the relationship has changed so that they are rejecting what he labored in pain to teach them.

Task for Today: When we receive the forgiveness of our sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit it should be a time of great blessing. Is that true for you? Do you relive that blessing? Do you think about it over and over? This would be a good day to relive your conversion and experience again the wonderful wave of blessing you felt. Think about it, thank God for it.

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