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Monday, May 22, 2017

CALLED TO LOVE

“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 New Living Translation
     The church in Galatia had certain Christians insisting that their brethren must follow the Jewish Law. They were called ‘Judaizers’. Paul wrote to this church to refute this teaching and re-establish the call to freedom in Christ, which exonerated those believers from living according to the Law. 
     This freedom that Paul speaks of is not freedom to sin, but rather freedom from sin. If we were free to sin what would the point of Christ’s death be? Each new sin would be like we were crucifying Christ all over again. There is no doubt that man’s heart is filled with wickedness. The prophet Jeremiah puts it like this: “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?”[1]
     As followers of Christ and all he stands for we must live sin-free lives as best as we are able with the help of the Holy Spirit within us. Our witness to the outside world will be shattered if we don’t. We must use the freedom purchased for us to serve God and those within the body in the love of Christ. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible; The Reformation Study Bible.

[1] Jeremiah 17:9 New Living Translation

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