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Week 32 Bible Reading: Galatians 5:7–9

Little Nicks–Big Trouble

A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough. - Galatians 5:9

They couldn’t figure it out. A man and his son had bought an old powerboat for fishing but couldn’t make it run properly. It couldn’t get up to speed, and it began shaking when they tried to go faster. They adjusted the carburetor and changed the fuel filter, but that didn’t help.

When they took the boat out of the water, the son found something. One of the propeller fins had a 3/4-inch nick in it. That can’t be it, they thought. That nick is too small. But when they installed a new propeller, it purred like a new engine! They had been slowed down by a tiny nick.

Can you think of something similar in your life? What about little sins? Galatians 5:16–21 talks about a lot of sins that people get themselves into. And they usually start with something little. That’s what Galatians 5:9 is talking about when it mentions yeast and dough (ask your mom what that’s all about). If we ignore “little” sins, they’ll eventually grow—maybe even harming people around us. Be careful, a “little” sin can mess up our relationship with Jesus and others.

Little nicks can cause big trouble.

Fun Fact

In the United States there are around seventeen million recreational boats in use. On average, one out of ten households in the United States has a boat.

Just You and God

Sometimes I do little things that I know are wrong. Can you help me, Lord, to stop doing that? And can you forgive me for those things?
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