How Do You Use Your Freedom?
Posted: Friday, September 20
“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. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:13-14)
The apostle Paul wrote the book of Galatians to a group of people who were struggling to understand the freedom that they had been given apart from living under the law. Living under the law meant knowing exactly what was expected of you even if you could never live up to it. The law could be summed up by what you do on the outside with little emphasis on what is going on in your heart.
Christ came to fulfill the law and through that as believers we have freedom from living under the law. How you use your freedom says a lot about the state of your heart. Paul urges us to not use our freedom to indulge our sinful desires but to use our freedom to serve on another in love. Paul tells us that the entire law can be summed up in living out one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Loving your neighbor as yourself takes care of a lot of the rules on how to live according to the law. You don’t lie to your neighbor when you love them as much as your love yourself. You don’t steal from them or take advantage of them when you love them as much as you love yourself. When we live this way we quickly see that love is much more than a feeling, or just a word, it is something that requires daily action.