Freedom = Responsibility

Responsibility and Freedom

A couple of weeks ago, I posted my thoughts on my own personal freedom. I am so grateful for God’s word that reminds me daily that He has set me free. Free from things that hindered my progress like a negative self image.

John 8:36
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Thank God! I am free to be what God wants me to be. But, along with that freedom comes a great responsibility. I am responsible to be the person God created me to be as I lean on Him, and I am responsible to my fellow man. To many, freedom means living without boundaries and/or without thought to others.

But, I think freedom is so many things. Like, I know I am free to choose what to believe about myself. I am free to abstain from practices that do not take me toward my goals and purpose in life. I do not have to conform!

I am also very aware that we all have different struggles and weaknesses. I am very sensitive to that because I never want my freedom to cause anyone to stumble. Suppose you came out of a background that involved abuse of a certain thing. But I did not. I am of the opinion that by virtue of the fact that this practice may cause you to stumble, I will NEVER exercise my freedom in your presence. I feel that is my responsibility to you.

The bible says, ‘Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.’ 1 Cor 8:9.

My love for my fellow man and my reverence for a God who saved me will not allow me to purposely entice you with my freedom. It’s like when I am dieting, my friends know not to eat chocolate in front of me. Not because they cannot, but because they know I should not. That is love. That is freedom and that is responsibility.

Galatians 5:13-14
You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”


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