Galatians 6:1-2 – Be Not Overtaken

Galatians 6:1-2
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

-In his epistles, Paul was apt to use analogies involving Olympic Games to relate spiritual truths.  Consider such an analogy when reading these verses from Galatians 6.  “Overtaken” is a racing term and describes being caught and passed by someone who was behind you.  The sins and temptations that we carry in our hearts are always with us; even when we manage to let go of them and get some distance, they are never too far behind.  Our flesh never slows down or gives up and, as such, we cannot afford to slow down or give up, either.  A runner who starts a race strong but gets passed by the competition claims no victory because even though the start of a race is important, only the end of a race counts.  That is why it is essential that we “lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1)

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