Oct 3, 2012

Freedom isn't free {Galatians 5:13-14}

Day 3 of 31 days - Part 1
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Verse for the day:
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13-14 (NLT)

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free {Galatians 5:1}. I've been a believer for a very long time.  Most of my life. I don't have a dramatic testimony of how God saved me from living on the streets or a life of drugs and alcohol (but by God's grace there go I).

I am a "normal" (I use that term loosely) person.  I grew up in a fairly "normal" family.  We had two cars, a couple dogs, four people in a four bedroom house in a suburban neighborhood.  I've never been hungry, I've never been homeless or have even experienced any serious type of need.  I have a blessed life. 

In one way, I've always been free.  I was raised in a church that was heavy on grace.  I thought you could do anything you want, and as long as you ask for forgiveness, you are good to go (which is sort of true).  I have had my own struggles with sin.  Your typical run-of-the-mill sins (lying, gossip, pride), as well as a difficult struggle with sexual sin when I was a teen.

The thing about sin is that it binds you up.  You feel like you are in control, when in reality you are a slave to your sin.  Hanging onto anger at a friend?  It's actually hanging on to you.  Find yourself gossiping, or lying frequently?  Just try to stop.  You will soon realize that those bad habits, those sins, have grown arms and have linked themselves to your mind.  Insidious?  Absolutely.

But Christ came to set us free.  The way to freedom is through one thing: Love.   If we can replace those negative thoughts running rampant in our minds (you have to capture every one) with love and mercy, then we will be free.  It's hard work, it's not for the feint of heart.  You will fail if you try to do it on your own.  But if you pray and ask for help from the One who Loves, you will succeed.

When we are free... we are Beautiful.

2 comments:

  1. Amen and Amen. I already follow and subscribe by email. I enjoy your posts.

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