7You were running well; who prevented you from obeying the truth?8Such persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. 9A little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough. 10I am confident about you in the Lord that you will not think otherwise. But whoever it is that is confusing you will pay the penalty. 11But my friends, why am I still being persecuted if I am still preaching circumcision? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed. 12I wish those who unsettle you would castrate themselves! (Galatians 5:7-12, NRSV)
I wish those who unsettle you would castrate themselves! Wow! Paul really doesn’t mince words here, does he?
Those who stir up trouble should castrate themselves. But actually, this would be all of us at one point or another wouldn’t it? We all cause issues for others, but here Paul is specifically talking about those who lead you astray from following after God and being what God has created you to be.
We need to be aware of what is happening around us and focus our attention on Jesus, and let God be the focus of our lives, then we will not be lead astray. We will have the focus of seeing Jesus and following where God leads us.
A little bit goes a long way but God has protected our hearts and leads us in the ways of life. Follow and trust in God.