Galatians 6:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Galatians 6:3, NIV: If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves.

Galatians 6:3, ESV: For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

Galatians 6:3, KJV: For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

Galatians 6:3, NASB: For if anyone thinks that he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

Galatians 6:3, NLT: If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.

Galatians 6:3, CSB: For if anyone considers himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

What does Galatians 6:3 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul is explaining to Christians how to live together as people in Christ. He has just written that we must help carry each other's burdens (Galatians 6:1–2). What causes us not to practice this? Pride. We see ourselves as self-reliant, not needing anyone else's help to carry our load, even when it gets too heavy for us. Or perhaps we are simply too proud to do the work of carrying another's burden.

The problem with that failure is that it makes ourselves the focus of our own love and attention. It means believing our own lie: that we are more significant or stronger than other believers. In truth, only Christ is strong enough to meet all of our needs, and all of our strength comes from God's Spirit. We must not fall into the trap of seeing ourselves as the source of our own ability to follow Jesus. That will hurt us, as well as hurting the Christians around us.