Galatians 6:11–18 (ESV)
Final Warning and Benediction
11 See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. 12 It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order
that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. 14 But
far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.
16 And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.
17 From now on let no one cause me trouble, for
I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.
Some have speculated that Paul’s thorn may have been his eyesight, which could explain verse 11: “11 See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand.” We don’t
know what his thorn was, but verse 11 does indicate possible eye problems. Even Paul, the great Apostle, was not immune to health problems. We all have our aches and pains, sicknesses and health problems. While God can take them away, he
didn’t take Paul’s away and said that Paul’s faith is made stronger through his weaknesses. God does help us to get through all these issues. “16 And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and
mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. 17 From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks.”
I pray: O Lord, help me to focus on you instead of myself. Your grace is sufficient. Help me to live in your peace and mercy. Amen.