It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom.
Galatians 5:13-14 MSG
He wants more than just our being set free. More than just the sins wiped off of our ledger because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. His action broke our chains and set the world as we know it on its axis as it revolutionized everything.
God wants us to LIVE FREE.
And that is where our actions matter.
We can be set free yet still need freedom.
I know, sounds like it can’t be true, but it is.
When we hold grudges, nurture wounds, and harbor unforgiveness, we bind ourselves again, and abruptly halt our living free.
I believe this is the warning in Galatians 5:13-14, wrapped between being called to a free life, and serving one another in love, and hinted again at the end of these verses.
We were not forgiven by God and set free from what we did wrong to hold back from offering one another the same freedom.
When we refuse to forgive, we become the hurt blocker in the way of our own freedom.
When we won’t let go, we are not just not loving the other we refuse to forgive, we aren’t loving ourselves.
We become far more hurt than the one we are withholding restoration from.
And we are doing it to ourselves.
God wants us to love ourselves as He does. Holding nothing back, living free in His Presence, sharing His love with those around us.
Let me be clear, I am not saying you are never going to be hurt from someone else, because we both know that isn’t the case. In fact, by the end of this week I would be surprised if someone hasn’t unintentionally hurt your feelings at least once.
I am saying you need to love yourself more the way God wants you to:
- Accepting your value to Him
- Doing whatever you can to keep yourself healthy, inside and out.
- Maintaining your freedom
- Living unhindered from the limits of unforgiveness
I am choosing to be intentional about my desire to not only be free in God, but live free in Him. I am asking Him to help me, bringing how I feel and my hurts to Him, and inviting Him to speak into them.
This weekend, someone said something that wounded me deeply, but I wasn’t sure it was intentional or even directed at me necessarily. I cried, and asked God to speak His truth to me.
I let it go, and refused to let that thought, that feeling fester.
Freedom living is an active choice, but can only be successful when we invite Freedom Himself to be our guide throughout our life.
For where the Spirit of the Lord is (and we know He lives in His people, coz He told us all so in the Word) there is freedom! 2 Corinthians 3:17