But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing (τo καύχημα) in himself alone, and not in another (Galatians 6:4).The Apostle is
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, Nov 1, 2012
But let every man prove his own work, and then
shall he have rejoicing (τo καύχημα) in himself alone, and not in another (Galatians
6:4). The Apostle is saying: “Let every man
scrutinize (this is the meaning of prove) his own deeds, to determine if
he acted out of vainglory, hypocrisy, or some other human failing. If he ﬁnds
himself innocent of such sins, may he not boast and look down on others. But if
he cannot restrain himself and humble his thoughts, let him at least conﬁne his
boasting (τo καύχημα) to himself alone.” This means, let him compare his own
progress from day to day, striving to make today’s deeds better than
yesterday’s, and let him exult in doing good work. Paul instructs the Galatians
in this manner, not as a commandment, but as a temporary condescension to their
weakness. Thus, step by step, they will learn to cut off their pride
altogether. He who has learned to refrain from boasting like the Pharisee in
front of his neighbor, will soon learn to desist from boasting altogether.
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