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Our Freedom in Christ

Use your freedom to serve one another in love, not hurt one another with sinfulness

Our Freedom in Christ
What Freedom Looks Like – Part II

Scripture Reading: Galatians 5:1-8

Key Verse: Galatians 5:1
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Yesterday’s devotional illustrated what our freedom in Christ looks like. Our freedom looks like Jesus. There are no laws nor good works that save us. We all need Jesus to enjoy true freedom.

As the Apostle Paul traveled around his part of the world preaching freedom in Christ, it was not long until someone began twisting this freedom to look like something other than it is. The Apostle Paul wrote about this:

Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. (Romans 6:16 NLT)

In this first generation of Christ-followers, some wanted to use this message of freedom to indulge their fleshly cravings. The Apostle Peter wrote:

For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. (1 Peter 2:16 NLT)

Find an illustration of what Peter is saying in our July 4th celebrations. We celebrate our freedom, but we are aware that our freedom in America does not include doing anything we want. Societies that enjoy true freedom develop boundaries to freedoms so that one person’s actions do not destroy another person’s freedoms. This is what the Apostle Paul dealt in Galatians 5:13 NLT:

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.

Note the “instead” in this verse: we are to use our freedom to serve one another in love, not hurt one another with our sinfulness.

Marriage is another illustration that brings some clarity. Being married is not a yoke of slavery, though some may joke about it. However, even those that do not believe in the Bible know that there are some boundaries in the freedom of marriage. Very few would allow sleeping with other partners as part of their freedom in marriage.

It is the same in our relationship with God. God rejects any unfaithfulness to Him. The Apostle James wrote:

You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God… (James 4:4a NLT)

More on this tomorrow.

Father, grant me Your wisdom to enjoy my freedom in Christ without using it to commit sin against You. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.