Using Liberty Wisely


From Pastor’s Desk:

For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. Galatians 5:13 NKJV

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Liberty is one of those highly significant things in life that is sought after. In this verse, the Greek word, ἐλευθερία eleutheria (el-yoo-ther-ee’-ah), literally means freedom.

Paul had quite a feat to accomplish with the Galatians. Remember, chapter 5 opens with the admonition to “Stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made you free…” This comes as certain people were trying to dissuade them from following Paul’s teaching about Christ.

A big issue with liberty can be that once we are set free from something, we tend to think that we have a license to do things just because we have been delivered. There is nothing so devastating to a person than to realize, that after having been free from something, we have replaced that something with something else and have gone right back into bondage, held captive in another area.

Tony Curtis, a movie star of long ago (some of you may remember) decided to quit smoking cigarettes. He was successful. But then, unfortunately, he turned to “weed” or, as some called it, “pot.” One newspaper, in reporting the story, led with the headline, “Tony Curtis quits smoking and goes to pot.”

Once we have been called to liberty, we must not use it as a license to fall out of it into the bondage of something else.

Don’t let flesh rule. Use the liberty wherein you are called to “serve one another.”

Sunset over Mountain Range

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