A Free Life
"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 What is true freedom? Is it the ability to do what we want at any given time? I don't know about you, but if I did what I thought I wanted at any given time, I'd live a pretty lonely pitiful life! Where do we find true freedom? The Bible says we find true freedom by being a "bondservant" of Christ. (Romans 1:1) What does this mean? Isn't this a contradiction? But, it's really true! If we live by the laws of love in every area of our lives, we find true freedom, in every area of life. If we're always blessing people, we're not bound by their thoughts of us. If we've truly trusted God with our whole life, we'll be free from stress. If we really knew love, we would never struggle with addictive habits. And if we've truly forgiven the people in our past, we're free from both regret and unforgiveness. As Mother Teresa said, if you're always loving people, you don't have time to judge them. The law of love truly does bring freedom! "Owe nothing to anyone - except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God's law." -Romans 13:8 God desires that we be free and unfettered in every area of life. Is there anything holding you back? Do you struggle with doubt, discouragement, disappointment, unforgiveness or bitterness toward someone or something? Let God help you, and apply His laws of love. It is only through His love that we can become truly free.