Galatians 5:13 The Right Use Of Freedom

“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.” Galatians 5:13

As has been stated multiple times, people love their freedom. God has built it into people to desire to be free. The reason for that is that people are called by God to be free.

When God had created Adam and Eve, He had made them free. They were free to roam about the Garden of Eden and eat any fruit that they wanted. There was only one rule and that was to not touch a certain tree. There was no large rule book with a bunch of things to do or not to do. They knew what true freedom was.

However, they fell into sin, which became a bondage to slavery. Every person since then has been subject to that bondage. No one has been free since, in their own power. This still did not negate the call God had on people’s lives to be free.

As a believer, you are still called to be and live a free life. This freedom, however, is not a license to indulge in the flesh. Indulging in the flesh is living to please yourself. It is serving yourself rather than others.

Most believers will say that they want to serve God. Serving God also means that you will serve other people. This is to be done with humility and in love. Realize that you are not deserving the life you have and serve others out of gratefulness to God for the life He has given you. Serve out of love for others and for God.

Use your freedom that God has given you to meet the needs of others. Do not be like the world and use your freedom to just build yourself up and have fun. This freedom in Jesus is greater and more free than any freedom that the world can give you.

I pray today that you will know the freedom Jesus has called you to; that you will use your freedom to serve God and others; that you will have the love God has for others; and that you will choose to live in true freedom for God and not to yourself.

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