My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
"It was for freedom that Christ set us free!"
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
(Galatians 5:1 NASB)
For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
(Galatians 5:13 NASB)
For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”
(Galatians 5:14 NASB)
But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.
(Galatians 5:15 NASB)
Freedom -- it's a word we all throw around but that may have a
different meaning for each and every one of us. The freedom that the
Apostle Paul was talking about was something that would change the
world. It had nothing to do with political freedom. For Christians,
political freedom would come and go throughout the centuries, but this
freedom, this freedom in Christ was eternal and could reach far beyond
the boundaries created by human beings. This freedom which came from
Christ was to be lived out on a daily basis by way of loving service to
one another. The temptation was to go back to the Law and to try and
find freedom there. However, the only freedom to be found there
required trying to live out a list of rules in the flesh. This was not
the answer. The ultimate answer Paul tells us is that freedom gives us
the choice to love our neighbor. He didn't say that it depended on who
our neighbor was, or how they acted or what their views on life might
be. Paul simply said that we are to love our neighbor. The opposite of
this freedom was found in behaviors that led to the destruction of the
neighbor, and ultimately to the destruction of self.
Christ is the giver of freedom. He has set us free! We are not
bound by the things of this world -- we are only bound to him. May we
seek after him and God's answers on a daily basis. May we seek after
the good of our neighbor on a daily basis. May we be a channel for
God's love to flow out to a needy world every single day and may we
rejoice in the freedom which we have received from Christ alone!
Lord, thank you for all you have done for me. Sometimes I take it
for granted or I look for solutions in other places. I am so grateful
for who you are. Amen.