Paul's authority, ministry and preaching were under attack when he wrote to the church in Galatia. Nevertheless he wrote to them with grace about grace. "I pray over you a release of the blessings of God's undeserved kindness and total well-being that flows from our Father-God and from the Lord Jesus" (Gal 1:3-4 TPT). Paul always begins and ends his letters with a benediction, not a criticism. Even though the letter was written for correction and clarification of their belief and practice, he blessed them again at the end, saying, "Finally my beloved ones - may the wonderful grace of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, be flowing in your spirit. So shall it be!" (Gal 6:18 TPT).
In the opening benediction, Paul describes God's kindness as "undeserved". It is a theme of this letter - grace and salvation are unearned by human actions. Paul wishes the Galatians "total well-being" even though he is taking them to task. Paul sets the example for us that just because we disagree with someone we are not free to wish them ill, or to pray that God "strike them down" for their disbelief or heresy. No, we are to bless them, praying for an in-pouring of God's grace and that they be well in body, mind and spirit.
For Reflection: Is this how we pray for those with whom we disagree?
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I started this website and blog on May 1, 2012. I am a Catholic who has been in ministry for many years. I first developed what I would call a close relationship with Jesus in the early 1970s. Ever since then I have been praying with people for healing and other needs. It is because I have seen so many of these prayers answered that I am so bold as to offer to pray for you individually through this website and phone line.