Scripture: Deuteronomy 25-27, Galatians 5
Galatians 5:13 As for you, my brothers and sisters, you were called to be free. But do not let this freedom become an excuse for letting your physical desires control you. Instead, let love make you serve one another.
Some of the Galatian Christians were in danger of reverting to keeping the Jewish law as a means to be saved. Paul wrote this passionate letter to steer them back to Jesus. We are saved by faith in Jesus and what He had done for us, not by what we do for Him. Do vs. Done.
We are free from law-keeping as a means to be saved. But this doesn’t mean that we are free to do whatever we want. “Don’t let this freedom become an excuse for letting your physical desires (or your old sinful nature) control you.” Instead, we are free now to serve each other in love.
We are freed from sinful selfishness to love others.
We are free to be led by the Spirit, not our sinful self.
We are free to be new people, who bear the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self-control.
We are free not only from rule-keeping, but we are free from our “flesh”—our sinful self, our “old man,” our broken human nature. But we are not just free from something, but to something. We are free to be what God intended us to be: Spirit filled and led, loving, serving, new people.
Never use this freedom as an excuse for evil. Jude wrote (Jude 4) that there are people who “pervert the grace of God into a license for immorality.” I know people who trade on the grace of God, who use their freedom to do wrong, and who think that God doesn’t care. He didn’t set you free to sin more; He set you free to make you new and different and right before God.
Enjoy your freedom! Live a new life! But never use it as an excuse for evil.
Prayer: Thank you for the freedom we have in Christ. I pray that I would never use it as an excuse to do wrong. And I pray that for all of us who believe.