For you, my brothers, were called to freedom; only do not let your freedom become an opportunity for the sinful nature (worldliness, selfishness), but through love serve and seek the best for one another.
Galatians 5:13 (AMP)
The Christian experience is a call to all round liberty. We have been called to the freedom that Christ purchased for us on the cross—freedom from sin and all its consequence! However, this freedom does not allow us to give any opportunity to walk in sin. What if we stumble and fall in our walk? God is there to pick us up and wash us clean by forgiving us. But that’s not the same as willfully and habitually engaging in an activity you know that it is not right in God’s eyes, just because there’s forgiveness to fall back onto. This mind-set shows a heart that is not really fully set at liberty from the influence of sin.When God comes into our lives and begins to change us, the things of the flesh no longer appeal to us—they no longer hold the same desires and power they used to, and we don’t have to go back to them.
Scriptures admonishes us not to use the freedom we have in Christ as an occasion to indulge in sin. This liberty never allows for that! God’s freedom is within the boundaries of His Word. We are never to go outside of those boundaries. Living aligned to God’s Word never restricts us, but it liberates us—as God’s Word says: You will know the truth and the truth will set you FREE! (John 8:32) Today, stand firm in the liberty that Christ has given you and don’t be entangle in the yoke of bondage! Our goals as Christians should be to glorify God, build up the Church, and draw others to Christ. Our exercise of freedom must support these goals. Galatians 5:13 sums this up when it says, “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
My declaration and confession: I decree and declare that I walk in the liberty that Christ purchased for me. I refuse to be entangled with the yoke of bondage. I am free!
Ignite Thought: Our liberty in Christ is freedom from sin, not freedom to sin.