Galatians 5 – Freedom Is Not Selfish


Freedom. It’s what our great nation stands for. It’s what thousands upon thousands of men and women have given up their lives for. It’s what men and women with dreams of a better future hope for. Yet, while we live in a nation that stands for freedom, many are not free. Many are slaves to themselves. So the question quickly becomes, how do we obtain true freedom? Allow Paul to give us the recipe for success…

“Faith energized by love…”
Galatians 5:6 (JCT, Josue’s creative translation)

Love. To those who are struggling to achieve true freedom, look to the cross of Calvary by faith and believe that the sacrifice made there on your behalf contains all the energy you need to live a life of freedom. Now, let that energy infuse your entire being and go! The antidote to your slavery is love! Allow yourself to be overwhelmed by Christ’s love for you and then do as you will. Inevitably, a heart filled with love can only produce love, the outworking of the principle of selflessness. Your experience of freedom will lead you to desire the same experience for others and you will have overcome the disease at the root of every sinful tendency, selfishness.

Freedom Respects Others' Freedom“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 NLT

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
Nelson Mandela

In Christ Alone,
Josue Hernandez

 

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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