Freedom…. What is it good for?

Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭13-14‬ ESV

“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. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.””

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Last night we discussed the idea of Freedom in my men’s group and we discussed Galatians 5.

For me freedom takes on some deep thoughts.  Freedom, to me,  means freedom from any forms of righteousness the world places on me.   It means spiritual, emotional, and psychological freedom!  However, those are pretty big words.

Some might be looking for Freedom from sin.  But freedom FROM anything is not really freedom in my opinion.  How do we put hands and feet on the idea of freedom and what it means to you?  Is anyone bold enough to make comments on what Freedom means for them?

Freedom… what does it mean for you?  Any takers on making comments?


3 thoughts on “Freedom…. What is it good for?

  1. Heather

    Good question.
    Interestingly, I was reading this verse quite recently and it gave me pause to consider. The freedom to which Paul refers certainly is not the kind of permission to irresponsibly do whatever we please that many Americans seem to believe we are entitled to by the constitution.
    The context suggests that Christian freedom allows for us to view service to others as a pleasure rather than a burden. That certainly isn’t possible when we are enslaved by our sin nature. So, it’s not only freedom “from” something, but also freedom “for” something.

    You asked a good question. I need to give it some serious consideration.

  2. centralityofthegospel Post author

    Well said Heather,

    I like to see this verse in context with what issues Paul was trying to address in Galatians. In Galatians Paul (An almost Apostle) was very passionate about confronting Peter (An Apostle) about not acting in line with the truth of the Gospel. Peter was trying to tell people that Christ plus something more made them acceptable before God. Paul said the Gospel and what Christ did was what made people acceptable before God. People often tend to exchange one form of slavery for another ,,,,, often even in our religiosity. Paul was very livid and intentional about confronting Peter!

    For me Freedom means emotional and psychological freedom…. and like Paul said … it often means freedom from even religious expectations. I can be free to worship! I can also be free to express my sin as well as free to express godly, legitimate desires without living in fear of the expectations of other people.

    A pure non polluted gospel gives us true Freedom!


  3. centralityofthegospel Post author

    One also has to wonder if Peter an apostle got it wrong….. how much easier is it for the average Joe or Jill to get it wrong?


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