You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
Freedom can lead us into dangerous places. My dad had a friend who had developed a reputation for himself as someone who knew some wonderful out of the way places around the area where I grew up. As a kid, I remember our family accompanying him on a few Saturday drives. What I don't remember is often reaching our intended destination. We encountered tyre punctures, got lost once, and bogged at least twice. This is what freedom can be like. While we might be free to go or do anything we want, we can end up in some messy o dangerous situations if our freedom is not channelled in the right direction. The freedom we have in Jesus is freedom from having to look out for ourselves, because Jesus looks out for us. instead we are free to serve others. The world around us tells us this is not freedom, that we are only free if we do whatever makes us happy, but most people who have done it will tell you that a life lived in service of Jesus, a life lived full of love and care for others, is one of the greatest joys.
Heavenly Father, You created me to have freedom, to live free enjoying your creation and bringing praise and glory to you. Help me to enjoy that freedom responsibly; teach me your ways, O Lord, so that I may walk in your truth and share the good news of the freedom I have through Christ with others. Amen
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