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Freedom

by Jerrie Barber

"Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage" Galatians 5:1.

Our country was founded upon the dream of freedom. However, some would interpret this to mean that one can do what he wants to do when he wants to do it regardless of the wishes of others.

This cry for liberty without limit is heard too often in our country and sometimes in the church. But when we live with others, we must learn to restrict our desires when they conflict with the good of others. As someone put it, "A man's right to throw his fist around ends where the other fellow's nose begins."

When you think about it, there is no absolute freedom. No on is free from the law of gravity on earth. No one is free from the harmful effects of poison. It kills the innocent baby as well as the hardened criminal. The astronauts who went to the moon were not and could not be free from physical needs. That is why they carried food, water, and oxygen.

Even God has voluntarily restricted Himself. He cannot be tempted with evil, nor does He temp man to do wrong (James 1:13). It is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18).

Therefore, it should not surprise us to realize that we serve someone. "Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey -- whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?" (Romans 6:16).

When we make a choice, the blessings or the consequences are included in the choice. But we are free to choose.

Are you using your freedom wisely?




"...upon this rock I will build My church..." Matt.16:18


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