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A Change of Heart

Read Galatians 1:1 through 3:29

Robert opened the letter and read the words from George. They were hateful words intended to cause pain. Robert had tried to help a member of George’s family, but instead of receiving thanks, he was being criticized.

Years passed, and one day Robert received a surprise telephone call from George. “I am sorry for the letter I wrote to you, and I hope you’ll forgive me. I have become a Christian, and I realize you were right about many things.”

Like George, the apostle Paul wrote letters, but Paul’s typically included a blessing.

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:3).

Paul’s life had changed when he experienced salvation. Instead of wanting to create pain for others, his heart was filled with love and a burning desire to share Jesus Christ’s love. The greetings in his letters were a way of conveying that love, even when he had to deliver a corrective message.

Thought for Today: Do your words express love even when you’re angry?

Quicklook: Galatians 1:1–5


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