Galatians 6:9-10 Commentary: A Perspective on Encouragement


Lord’s Library contributor Cindy Jones offers a Galatians 6:9-10 commentary on being a Godly encouragement. Check out Cindy’s blog: Hope for the Broken. Lord’s Library’s Ministry Leaders Series is a collection of contributed articles written by ministry leaders on key Christian topics.

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Between devotional reading and my own private meditations, I’ve been pursuing a deeper understanding of the love of God for my life personally and in the body of Christ. All the chaos and division going on in the world seems to be affecting the church as well.

I am attending a women’s conference this weekend and the theme Scripture is Galatians 6:9-10 which says: “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”

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Galatians 6:9-10 Commentary

Before I jump into discussing the parts of the Scripture that I highlighted let me just say this. This will be part one of this blog and after the conference when I review everything from each speaker, then I will pull together part two. You might be thinking, why is there a need for it to be two parts?

I have two thoughts on that. First, it will be intriguing to see the confirmations that are shared. Then, not only the confirmations but also the different perspectives that they will share. I have a suspicion of what their emphasis will be. I am sure we will all be encouraged!

When I first read this verse, something began to stir in me. Bear with me for just a moment to step away from the KJV version to read Galatians 6:9-10 in the Amplified Version (AMPC). Wow! Talk of some extra stirring taking place! Here is how it reads (emphasis mine):

  • 9:And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.”
  • 10: “So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good [morally] to all people [not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers].”

If I had the space here, I would break down both verses phrase by phrase. For now, let’s take a few minutes to look at the highlighted words.


Many today are growing weary of pursuing their personal vision or the ways of Godly living in general. There’s no need to belabor this word because I think we all understand the idea of being weary. Here, the Apostle Paul is encouraging us to simply not give up but to keep pressing on. We all need to be reminded occasionally.


In the Merriam-Webster dictionary – “Characterized by, or arising from the superiority of mind or character or of ideals or morals: lofty” – Synonyms: Magnanimously, uprightly.

  • Let’s capsulize that definition by simply saying “superior character” – toward others. Hmmm, is my character superior, ideal, upright?


The definition here isFearlessness when facing change or a difficult situation, following difficult instructions.

  • Obeying God’s Word is not always easy, but necessary if we are going to endure to the end.
  • How quickly do we respond when God leads us to encourage another person with their gift or calling? Especially when that doesn’t make sense remember obedience doesn’t require understanding. Simply obey.

To All People

We don’t need a dictionary definition for this phrase. I believe the challenge here is whether will we encourage anyone with their gift or calling. Not just family or somebody we especially like. It might be somebody in our church family we don’t know that well or that we don’t particularly like. Or someone from another church or denomination. Are you ready to encourage anyone?

  • That sentence goes on to say to do what is “good and profitable” for them. That might mean taking him to lunch, helping them do some sort of task, helping her meet a financial need, etc. But the next phrase I highlighted takes us a bit deeper.

Spiritual Good and Advantage

Hmmm, so we’re also to encourage people for their spiritual good. What does that mean? How can we do that?

  • For those who are not believers yet, we should do all that we can to be a witness, ready to share the Hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His Kingdom.
  • But notice it says, “especially for those in the household of faith.” When you see someone in your church family or even in another church attempting to reach out to the community, to the lost, nursing home ministry, and ministries within the church; we are to encourage and support them in every way that we can. Our pastors also need our encouragement. Being a pastor is not easy. It’s not a job, it’s a calling.
  • There is no room for jealousy and competition in the body of Christ. We must have a mindset that we’re all in this thing together. It’s not about a church or denomination. It’s about the Kingdom of God.
  • It’s not even about us in our little four walls of our church. It’s reaching the broken, hurting, and lost that surround us to facilitate revival on the land.

I’m going to attempt to wrap this up right now because it’s already too long. Let me just share that on a personal note I have recently been challenged as I have watched brothers and sisters in Christ in other cities come together with believers from various backgrounds to reach their community for the glory of God. They have seen numerous souls be saved, healing delivered, restored, and rededicated their lives to Jesus.

One of my prayers for my local community and the surrounding area is that denominational and racial barriers would be broken down so that the world can truly see the fruit of the scripture that says in John 13:35: “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

Are you a Godly encourager?

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Cindy Jones
Cindy Jones

Cindy Jones

Cindy Jones is the Founder and President of Free Indeed RM, a Bible-based recovery ministry. From 1992-2022 she also served as Director of Healing Hearts Ministry. Cindy holds a B.A. in Theology, an M.A. in Biblical Counseling with an emphasis on Ministry, and a Doctorate Degree in Biblical Counseling. It is Cindy's intense desire to share the truth of the Scripture that gave her hope and healing.

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