6th April 2011

Freedom, Responsibility or Both?

“You, my brothers, were called to be free.  But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.  The entire law is summed up in a single command:  ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’  If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
Galatians 5:13-15 (NIV)

Our daughter bought her first car.  FREEDOM.  She could go where she wanted, when she wanted.  We explained that with this freedom came responsibility and she listened but took it lightly.  The first and second time she ran out of petrol, Mum and Dad came to the rescue.  The day she ended up in a ditch, the RAC and Dad were immediately on hand.  But the day the letter came through the post telling her that she had been caught speeding, the responsibility was firmly on her shoulders and the points on her licence.

We, as Christians, are called to be free, but we too have a responsibility with this freedom.  Romans 6:18 tells us, “And having been set free from sin, you become slaves of righteousness.”

My dog’s favourite toy is a furry, squeaky dog.  He shakes it, then plays tug of war with it and chews it.  At first the toy survives, but he keeps tearing away at it until he has removed the stuffing and the squeaker and ripped the head off.

We may get away with a nip at our fellow Christian—the odd harsh comment will leave scars but not be fatal.  But if we continue “biting and devouring each other” by continually criticising, judging and condemning fellow believers, the result will be their destruction as well as our own.

Jesus told us to love one anotherWhy?  Because, “By this all will know that you are My disciples.” (John 13:35).

So let’s enjoy our freedom and fulfil our responsibility.

Prayer
Thank you Lord that you have set us free.  Help us to fulfil our responsibility of love for one another so that all men will know that we are YOUR disciples.
Amen

Study by Debbie Thomas

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