For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. (Galatians 5:13)
“I have liberty in Christ – I can do what I want.” How often this phrase is repeated by Christians today! We enjoy taking our “liberties” but we like to determine what these liberties are instead of studying God’s Word to see what God says these liberties are.
I decided to do a small study on the word “liberty” (i.e. freedom), and here are some other verses I found.
Romans 8:21 – Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
We are delivered from the bondage of the corruption of the world into liberty (freedom) in Christ.
2 Corinthians 3:17 – Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
Every born-again believer has liberty in Christ.
Galatians 5:1 – Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Even though we have liberty in Christ, it is possible to get tangled into bondage again - we are not above falling.
Galatians 5:13 – For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
We are not to use our liberty to please ourselves, but to serve others.
James 1:25 – But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
If we hear and apply the “law of liberty” (God’s Word – see James 1:22-24), we will be blessed.
James 2:12 – So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
We will be judged by the law of liberty.
1 Peter 2:16 – As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
We are not to use our liberty as a “cloak of maliciousness” (i.e. something to cover badness, malignity, or trouble), but we are to use our liberty to serve God.
What is your verse for this week?
What does it mean to you?
Are you reviewing your other three verses?