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Summary: The 1) Relational Struggle (Galatians 5:20b-21a) and 2) Personal Struggle (Galatians 5:21b) with sin.

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A political career marked by unfulfilled promise came to an end Friday as Ontario Conservative Leader John Tory announced his resignation following a devastating by-election defeat Thursday. Although he was able to succeed as CEO of Rogers Cable Inc., managing partner at his family’s law firm, and commissioner of the Canadian Football League, his 4 1/2 years at the helm of the provincial Conservatives were drowned out by Mr. Tory’s lack of political insight, as one observer remarked.

In an emotional press conference, Mr. Tory, 54, laid out his own shortcomings. He acknowledged his failure to unite contrasting elements in his own party, including some who actively worked against him in this week’s byelection in the riding of Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. Mr. Tory on Friday said he was unable to adapt himself to the "show business" of contemporary politics. http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=1361854

When there are personal failings coupled with group conflict, the results are always disastrous. When the Apostle Paul wanted to contrast the life of a spirit filled Christian with someone dominated by the works of the flesh he commented on the nature of Sexual and religious defilement.

The struggle with sin marks one who is led by the Spirit. Someone who exists in the flesh does not struggle with what they are most comfortable with. In Galatians 5:20b-21, Paul outlines several pitfalls to watch out for in personal and group dynamics. Understanding the nature of these pitfalls helps us to avoid those things that will be destructive and provide personal directions for living a Spirit controlled life. It has a bearing on our personal, relational and divine relationship

We see 1) Relational Struggle (Galatians 5:20b-21a) and 2) Personal Struggle (Galatians 5:21b)

1) Relational Struggle (Galatians 5:20b-21a)

Galatians 5:20b-21 [20](idolatry, sorcery), enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, [21]envy, (drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God). (ESV)

• These sins are against the neighbor, essentially a breaking of the Fifth Commandment

The third group of sins relates to human relationships, which are defiled by these specific sins as well as by many others. It represents the breakdown of Christian community.

• There is a degradation from feelings (e.g., hostilities) to actions (quarrels) to results (factions) (Witherington III, Ben: Grace in Galatia : A Commentary on St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. Grand Rapids, MI : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1998, S. 400)

Quote: SIN WILL:

1. TAKE YOU FARTHER THAN YOU PLANNED ON GOING.

2. KEEP YOU LONGER THAN YOU PLANNED ON STAYING

3. COST YOU MORE THAN YOU PLANNED ON PAYING.

(Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com)

1) Emnity/Hatred (echthrai) is in the plural form, denoting primarily a feeling of enmity between groups (Walvoord, John F. ; Zuck, Roy B. ; Dallas Theological Seminary: The Bible Knowledge Commentary : An Exposition of the Scriptures. Wheaton, IL : Victor Books, 1983-c1985, S. 2:607)


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