Galatians 5:13 Freedom in Christ #189
It only seems appropriate to share a verse on freedom this week, the week of July 4th. Galatians 5:13 says, “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.”
July 4th is a day where America celebrates a day of freedom, but let’s take a few step back and talk about our freedom in Christ, because that is the freedom that matters the most. Christ didn’t just pay for your salvation and forgiveness, but he paid for your freedom too. Freedom is given to every person who is a believer in Jesus Christ. Just as this verse says, you were “called to be free.” Called. God desires for every person to live in his freedom.
Paul discusses our freedom over and over throughout scripture because ultimately, Jesus came to set the captives free (Luke 4:18), which means he paid for your freedom on the cross. You don’t have to live in bondage anymore; not to sickness, not to your past, not to lies, not to your diagnosis, nothing. Jesus desires freedom for every area of your life no matter what your past or current situation looks like.
And what is the command at the end of the verse? “Do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” The freedom Jesus paid for wasn’t so you could live a self-fulfilled life, doing what you want, when you want. Jesus paid for your freedom so that you could serve him and this is most obviously done by loving others. So are you living in bondage or are you living in freedom? Are you living for yourself or are you serving others, humbly in love?
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