To Be Free

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:13-14)

Freedom is a word that is used frequently enough. We’re coming up on a national holiday focused completely on our freedom as a defining characteristic within our country. It’s the freedom to make our own decisions, live however we please, and do what we want, within reason.

Freedom as a nation is different, though, from the freedom we see in scripture. Paul spoke about freedom that comes with responsibility. Our liberation from the effects of sin on our lives means we have freedom to live unhindered, not only for our own sake, but that of others. Paul’s explanation of freedom isn’t freedom simply to indulge in individual desires, but freedom for the sake of fulfilling a command of Jesus, to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

Often, we associate our freedom as free from whatever we feel is oppressive. Here, though, in a spiritual sense, our true freedom is the freedom granted to us through Christ. It’s freedom to consider the needs of others, to reflect on God’s love for us, and then distribute it through consideration of each other’s well-being. It’s freedom truly demonstrated in service.

True freedom for others means looking beyond our own wants and desires to see the needs that must be met here and now. That is the freedom that God had in store from the beginning; the freedom to release the burden of sin, and live in such a way that our choices reflect the nature of God himself. That is the freedom we were meant to have and that is the freedom that Christ died for.

Our freedom from sin means that we’ll have more responsibilities. A big reason is that we’re made aware that we have options. We can choose which direction we want to go. That choice entails choosing to live a life that God intended, making sure you protect that freedom, and living a life of love. Being free from sin doesn’t give us permission to live however we see fit. It means living our lives in accordance with being a child of God.

To be free in Christ is the greatest freedom anyone could ever enjoy.

— Trent Sessoms
Senior Pastor

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