Passage: Galatians 2:11-21
Verse: Galatians 2:20 (NIV 2011)
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Do we present the same image of who we are to all people? Sometimes we may not appear the same to everyone. The relationships that we have and the circumstances of our interactions with various people may differ greatly. However, sometimes the differences in how we appear to various people may be caused because we are more open, genuine, or forthright with some individuals than we are with others. In this passage of Scripture Paul noted that these differences can cause problems. We may confuse those who know us or we might even appear to be acting like hypocrites to them at times. Paul cautions us that, as Christians, [we] have been crucified with Christ and [we] no longer live, but Christ lives in [us]. The life [we] now live in the body, [we] live by faith in the Son of God, who loved [us] and gave himself for [us]. May the Holy Spirit guide us in how we relate to others. May we grow in our understanding of how Christ would respond to people who are inside or outside of the Christian faith. May we seek to reflect the image of Christ in all our relationships. (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)