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 neighbor as yourself.
— Galatians 5:13-14

In this passage, from the letter Paul wrote to the Galatians, he is reminding them of the freedom that they have been given through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. His intention is to help them walk in freedom, while clinging to the commands that Jesus has spoken, rather than living for their own human desires. Above all else, he wants them to remember that they are called to "love one another" by choosing to serve one another, as they would serve themselves. 

It is very easy for us to live for ourselves, because we are human and we are sinful by nature. Through Jesus's sacrifice we have been called into more by the power of his blood. There has been grace poured out on our sins, and we are completely forgiven. This is incredibly humbling, because we did not deserve this gift that we were so sweetly given. Jesus loves us without agenda or his own gain, and he calls us to do the same. We are called to forget our human desires, live humbly, and serve one another as Christ has served us. This can be done simply and faithfully by "lov[ing] your neighbor as yourself." 

This is important for us to remember, because as believers, we are called to live in the same way. Christ's sacrifice gives us the freedom to live as God calls us to live and not the way we want to selfishly live. We are given simple instructions to "love [y]our neighbor as [y]ourself." The love that we have been shown through Christ's sweet sacrifice is the way we should live and love those around us, whether they are believers or not. Our freedom gives us authority to serve humbly and love as He did. 

pray

Jesus,
Thank you for your sacrifice that covers my sin. I ask that I would serve you and others over myself, because it is what you have asked of me. When I start to selfishly live, would you redirect my heart toward yours, so that I can live more like you. Would you always bring me back to you, so that I can become more like you.
I love you.
Amen

- Kelly