I’m thankful to be free as an American.
I’m even more thankful to be free in Christ.
Freedom comes with the responsibility to beware of abuses… and while it is easy these days to scroll social media and read all about abuse various groups feel their freedom is experiencing, these things should pale in comparison to the abuses we commit to our own freedom in Christ.
“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.”
It’s easy to write something, even easier to type it out on a computer or phone screen. Not as easy to live the things we write sometimes, is it? Saying “walk by the Spirit” is something that’s easy to type, and not as easy to walk because the Spirit and the flesh will always be at war with each other. ALWAYS.
And y’all, it is a battle. My flesh desires “me time”. It desires for things to go smoothly, for kids to be obedient, for me to be able to use sarcasm as a coping mechanism. I want to be able to go into shut-down mood when I just can’t deal anymore, I want to be lazy, I want to think things like chocolate will make me a little happier. My flesh? It’s not pretty. Me without the Spirit is not something I enjoy being. It’s not worth the “freedom” to do whatever I want, live however I want, speak and think however I want.
Freedom in Christ is worth the fight. Worth the energy it takes to re-direct my mind and my heart when the sweet prick of conviction is felt.
Walking freely in the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These things are worth the walk, even if the walk is the most challenging thing we ever do.
Freedom is committing all over again to walking in the Spirit, to protecting the freedom I have in Christ, to desiring the fruit of the Spirit in me, to not being okay with the things in me I know shouldn’t be there, to submitting to the Lord and allowing Him to remove things that need to be removed, and to gratefully accepting His filling me with new things… good things… Thankful
Be free, friends.
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.