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.
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.
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.”