“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13 NLT
Paul wrote this passage to refute a false teaching that required Gentiles to be circumcised and obey the law of Moses. He reminds them that salvation is through Grace alone.
Jesus, the lamb of God, became the perfect sacrifice. He knew man could never obtain righteousness through performance. Our righteousness is in Christ. Jesus freed us from the curse of the law.
In Galatians 5:19-21 Paul goes on to explain the results of giving in to the desires of the flesh. He erases any doubt that freedom in Christ is a license to sin. He gives a vivid metaphor of us hammering the passions and desires of our sin nature to the cross and crucifying them with Christ.
We have a new law, the law of the Spirit. My freedom in Christ does not give me the right to sin against others. It gives me the freedom to serve them rather than myself. As the fruit of the Spirit matures within me, my desires should change from a focus on self to a focus on others, reflecting the nature of Christ. I should always consider how my actions will impact those around me.
Lord, thank You for calling me to live in freedom. Thank you for replacing the “letter of the law”, which I could never uphold, with the law of the Spirit, which produces the fruit of the Spirit within me.
Help me to always be mindful of how my attitudes and actions impact others. Let me be a reflection of Your love.
Your Word says all of the law can be summed up in the first and second commandments … Love God, love others.
“For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.” Psalms 149:4 NKJV
As a teen I lived in fear of God. I thought that was the way it was supposed to be because the Word says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Proverbs 9:10 NKJV In reality the word ‘fear’ in this context means to worship the Lord with reverence or awe.
It was difficult for me to comprehend that the Lord could ‘take pleasure in me’. To think that we can ever gain God’s favor through performance is actually prideful (and unattainable). It is only when we humble ourselves and acknowledge our sin that the Lord can ‘beautify us with salvation’.
James 4:6 tells us: ““God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
Prayer: Lord, You alone are worthy of my worship. I am in awe of Your majesty and grace. I surrender my life to You. I humbly acknowledge that while I can never be ‘good enough’ to earn Your favor; you offer me grace when I acknowledge my sin. Wash me Lord, and I will be clean. Let the beauty of Your salvation radiate my countenance. Amen.
Jesus not only freed us from the penalty and punishment of our sins, but because we belong to Him we are also free from the power of sin to enslave us.
That my friend is amazing grace.
Romans 6:14 (KJV) tells us, “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.”
Grace doesn’t give us an excuse to keep sinning; it gives us the power to overcome.
Romans 6:1-2 (KJV) What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
1 John 1:9 (KJV) “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
You’re no longer a slave to sin.
Whatever your sin struggle may be, HE has the power to set you free!