Freedom is a word that most people love to hear. We all want the freedom to do what we want, but not many of us are willing to take responsibility for our actions. In this blog post, I am going to compare two types of freedom: the freedom between right and wrong, and the freedom from responsibility.

Galatians 5:1

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

Free To Do What We Want

I want to start by presenting the case for freedom in our lives. Many people believe that we should be free to do what we want when it comes to making decisions, even if they are not always the best ones.

The Bible is clear: “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free.” This means that we are free to make our own decisions, even if they’re not always the best ones.

The problem is that when people don’t want to take responsibility for their actions or choices, this affects other people in society. It’s impossible to live a “free” life without taking on some responsibilities at all levels of society and within ourselves.

We have to consider the consequences of our actions when we’re making decisions.

For example, if I’m driving and want to make a turn without proper signaling, this could result in an accident that harms other people–and myself. This is not freedom because it takes away my own ability to move freely and also others’ freedoms as well.

We can still be free in our decisions and choices, but we have to do the right thing when it comes to taking responsibility for them as well. We have a choice between two options: freedom from consequences or freedom with consequences.

In this sense, there is no such thing as absolute freedom because that would mean having “no obligations, no responsibilities.”

Paul goes further with his thought that when when exercising our freedom to do what we want, it will lead us to bondage. By doing this, we are getting tangled up in the yoke of a restrictive life. A life Christ paid the price to set us free from.

Instead Paul is encouraging them to live a life that is free to do the right thing.

Free To Do What Is Right

The Bible talks about the importance of being free from just doing our own thing.

We know that it’s a battle to balance our freedom with doing what is right and living in obedience to God. The way we “win” this battle is by faith, which means trusting Him even when life gets tough. We have to believe He can fix everything if we let Him.

We might have to give up some of our perceived freedoms in order to live the life God expects us too, but it’s worth it. It may not be wise to do everything we want, which will end up in tragedy, but we do have the power to do what is right.

We don’t have to live in bondage. We can still be free, but we just need a different type of freedom that is rooted in Christ and the Gospel. The freedom and power to do what is right.

“Freedom is the choice between two options.” What are you going to choose? This week at Mesquite Worship Center, we will examine what Paul taught from Galatians. Will you join us in this study of freedom and how it applies to your life today? We hope so!

Blessings!

Pastor Duke

Pastor Duke Taber and his wife Sue pastor Mesquite Worship Center located at 140 Riverside Rd. Ste D. in the Sherwin Williams Building. You can join them Sunday’s at 10:00 AM, 6:00 PM and Wednesday’s at 7:00. Absolutely everyone is welcome and you can come as you are.

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