Don’t You Want to Be Free?

posted Jun 26, 2016, 1:52 PM by web feat
There are many who feel the weight of the world on their shoulders, scrambling to care for themselves and their families, hemmed in, with few choices. It can feel like there are no options, no way forward. And don't we all just want to be free? 

Paul knew all to well what it was to to be without freedom, both figuratively and literally, from the confines of a prison cell. But it was from this experience that he learned the nature of true freedom - an understanding that runs totally counter to what the world teaches. As he shares in his letter to the Galations:

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?

My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. (from Eugene Peterson's, "The Message")

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