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.”
— Galatians 5:13-14 NIV

a choice

Paul continues to talk about freedom in Christ starting with verse 13. He immediately tells us that we were called to freedom. He talks about two ways that we can choose to walk in freedom. We can walk in the freedom we have by indulging in this world, or we can indulge in His love. It’s a choice we have. His entire law is summarized into one word: love. We get the choice of walking in freedom and loving every single neighbor we have

marked with freedom

Sometimes I think it’s easy to read these passages and disqualify ourselves or think that we are the exception of what the author is saying. But I think this is especially important to know that you are not the exception. You are not disqualified from the freedom that He has for you. It says “you were called to freedom.” That is in the past tense. He has already marked you with freedom. You get the choice to walk in it, daily. 

I think sometimes the hardest questions we ask are the ones that we ask ourselves. Are we walking in the way of the world or are we walking in ways of the Lord? How are we loving our best friends? Are we loving our parents? Are we honoring the annoying roommate that we were placed with this year? They aren’t all easy questions. But we were called to freedom. With every relationship, we have the ability to fulfill His law which is love. I challenge you to ask yourself these questions. Be honest with yourself. And if your answer isn't what you want it to be then its even more encouraging because there is grace and His mercies are new every single morning. So even when we mess up one day, we still get to start the next day with His love. 

pray

God, I thank You that Your gospel is peace and Your law is love. Help us keep our eyes focused on You this week, on Your love that is greater and deeper than all things. Guide us in ways of loving and honoring our neighbor out of Your heart. Give us eyes to see like You do. 

- Ashley Gibson