Liberty is not the same as license. In other words, we are not free to just do as we like. We have been set free in order to serve. Definitely not the world’s definition of freedom, is it?
True freedom for the Christian is being free to do the things that God wants us to do. Primarily, that means loving others as He loves. It means being servants of one another, just as Christ was to us. (read John 13:3-17).
We are now in a position to fulfil God’s law—the Ten Commandments—by loving others. When we love others, we are loving God. When we love others, we are expressing our faith. When we love others, we are communicating the truth to them. When we love others, we are showing them what God is like. When we love others, they can see what true freedom really is.
WE HAVE BEEN SET FREE TO LOVE!
Lots of Christians have their heads full of doctrines and ideas about God, many of which may be quite true. But if they don’t love as He loves, then it’s all pointless. Reading the Bible. praying, going to church, singing in the choir, being very religious—all of these things have no point to them at all if we are not serving one another in love.
To set out to love takes an act of the will. We have to learn to say, ‘I will love that person’, or, ‘I will serve that person’ -no matter what it costs. That’s hard, and the sin which still dwells in us doesn’t take too kindly to it! However, to love one another is not a hint. It is not a suggestion. It is a command.
Not to love one another as we should will inevitably lead to strife in our relationships. If we don’t love, we will do the opposite. We will just go the way the flesh dictates. We will begin to snap at each other. We will get cranky with others, and there will be a tension between us and those we ought to be loving. In the end, it destroys us. Our Christian fellowship collapses.
Don’t let this happen to you. Take care that you guard against this danger. All of us are prone to allowing the flesh get the better of us, when we should, in fact, be genuinely loving and serving each other.
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. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
Galatians 5:13-15 NIV