Freedom For What?

"It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then?" Galatians 5:13-15 (MSG)

In your life someone has told you, "You are free to do what you want." Your first thoughts probably weren't about how you could use that freedom on behalf of someone else. When we are put in charge, are given extra money or given an opportunity to share - we usually don't think about things that would benefit others first. Don't feel condemned, this is just our sinful nature and Jesus understands.

Jesus understands our struggles since He experienced the same ones (Hebrews 4:15). But He also died to set us free from our sinful nature by giving us, His followers, the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit living in us gives us the power to ignore our selfish and sinful desires and choose the things that please Jesus and bring His life to others.

Before Jesus rescued you from your sinful nature, you were under its power and its desires. You couldn't help it; you were just too weak in your own strength to overcome. But since you have been made new by the Spirit, you can overcome your sinful desires.

So what have you been doing with this new freedom and strength in Christ? Have you been using it to serve others or yourself? Have you been mistreating fellow believers with this new found freedom?

Since you have been set free from sin's grasp, use this new found freedom to love and build up. Ask Jesus to help you think of other's first and how you can encourage them. Ask Him to give you insight about who you can pray for. Ask him to give you the strength to ignore your fleshly desires and to follow the desires that God has placed in your heart instead. You are Free, Free to live for Jesus and to Serve Others.

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