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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.
Whenever the Church at Galatia is mentioned, the idea of new Christians returning to their old Jewish lawful ways is usually the issue. Here, St. Paul tells them they are truly free in Christ, but to qualify it, Paul says that’s not a complete license to do what you want.
The Jewish law was always at issue among Jews who had come to faith in Jesus Christ. They just struggled to believe that they had been saved through grace and that Jesus indeed had died and resurrected to pay the price for their eternal salvation. On the other hand, they also had to realize, as do we, that “Freedom Is Not A License.” In my country, we’ve always said we are the “Land of the free and the home of the brave.” Yet, thousands upon thousands are locked up in prison for breaking the law. It’s somewhat of a metaphor for this passage. We are free in Jesus, but that isn’t a license to abuse the commandments willfully or harm others in any way. We are free from the law of sin and death, but it’s not a license to do what we want. I choose to be free in Christ and stay on my side of the road.
Thank You this AM that I don’t have to go through a series of morning religious rituals to gain Your approval. Thank You that I have been called to something higher in You than I could ever attain on my own. Amen