August 19, 2022
When we hear the word “freedom,” we think about freedom from something — freedom from oppression, freedom from slavery, or freedom from pain. While freedom from these things is certainly a part of what it means to be free in Christ, it is not the whole story.
In Galatians 5:1, Paul tells us that “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” We often wonder, “What does freedom in Christ really mean?” Freedom, for Christians, means:
When we put our faith in Christ, our sins are forgiven and we are given new life — eternal life. In Galatians 5:13, Paul goes on to say that “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free.” But should we use this freedom to indulge our sinful desires? As believers, we are called to live according to the Spirit, not the flesh.
The freedom that Christ offers us is freedom from sin and freedom to live a life that is pleasing to God. It is a freedom that comes with responsibility — the responsibility to use our freedom to love and serve God and others. It’s a freedom that is worth pursuing because it leads to life in all its fullness.
True freedom doesn’t mean doing whatever we want, whenever we want. It means living according to the Spirit of God and being obedient to His Word. It means living a life that is characterized by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Freedom in Christ is freedom to live the life God has called us to live — a life of purpose and meaning.
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