Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially those who belong to the family of believers. See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand! Those who want to impress people by means of the flesh are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. (Galatians 6:10-12)
In my younger years, I held several jobs. One was a secretary for project managers. I transcribed their spoken letters in shorthand. When I attended the University of Florida, personal computers hadn’t been invented, so I wrote my lecture notes. Then as a physical therapist in the 1980s and 90s, I handwrote my patient notes.
My handwriting was poor. Sometimes I guessed what my bosses dictated or asked a friend to look at their lecture notes. When penning, I wrote large, so my letters were somewhat legible.
Paul sandwiched his comment that he used large letters in the middle of this awkward paragraph between two sentences that identify the letter’s main themes—that Christians should do good works and that they should not obey unnecessary religious rules.
I can imagine Paul spending hours sharpening a reed, making his own ink, and writing slowly and largely to send the Galatians this urgent message in his own poor handwriting. He sends the message that acts of love prevent us from impressing people by means of the flesh and lead us to do good to all people.
Father, I praise you for Paul’s message. Help me love, not impress. Give me someone to assist today and let me point them to Jesus. Keep my family and friends safe today and bind them closer to you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.