4th July 2013

No Freedom Without Love

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.”
Galatians 5:1 (NIV)

Very recently I began to hear a song about love and freedom on the radio station I listen to.  It gets played frequently and so I expect that it must be quite popular with listeners. The chorus is quite catchy, “No love without freedom; no freedom without love!” If you think about it you will realise that there is quite a depth of understanding going on here and someone is beginning to realise that there is an amazing connection between Love and Freedom.

Christians have been liberated, set free, as the direct result of the death, and resurrection of Jesus. Notice what he told a group of Jews who professed to believe on him, “Whoever commits and practices sin is the slave of sin. Now a slave does not remain in a household permanently (forever); the son [of the house] does remain forever. So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free.” (John 8:34-36 Amplified).

So in the context of what Jesus has done for us—what is freedom? What is this liberty we have in him? It is the freedom to become what God wants us to be; to be who we were meant to be! It is in love that we find and fulfil our destiny—in fact we have been set free so as we can show love to God and others. This is our destiny to fulfil the two great commands that Jesus has given us in Mark 12:29-31.

Living is loving, as one poet expressed it:  “Not when I breathe, but when I love, I live.” St. Augustine said, “The soul lives where it loves not where it exists.” He also asked the question, “What does love look like?” Here is his answer:  “It has hands to help others, feet to hasten to the poor and needy, eyes to see misery and want, ears to hear sighs and sorrows of men; that’s what it looks like!” I think the Apostle Paul sums this up very well when he writes; “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. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’” (Galatians 5:13-14)

Sin is primarily self-centeredness, the opposite of love towards God and others.  This is what imprisons human beings—this is the cell that we have been liberated from—and why?

Because there is no Love without Freedom, no Freedom without Love!

Prayer
Lord, help us to be reflecting the heat of your compassion and the wideness of your love each day; rejoicing constantly, because this is the very reason why you have set us free.
Amen
 

Study by Cliff Neill

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cliffneillAbout the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local  Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone:  01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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