I love 5:1 and know its great and very meaningful. Just love that he has set us free and we have the choice then to stay free. He has given us the freedom and even though as the devil tries to continue to attack us we need to stay free from this sin(s). I know pastor mike talked about building a house around us and people to help keep us accountable and on schedule of staying close to God. 13 For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. 14 For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[c] 15 But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another. Is just a great reminder to us and that we have the freedom and we need to cherish it but don't take advantage of it. Its not a absolute freedom but a freedom in Christ. The final part is kind of talking about a spiritual warfare battle. Who are you going to let lead your life? This is our challenge that is presented to us and we get to decide what we want to do and whom we want to follow? The holy spirit or the sinful nature.
What list comes out more in your lives? Vs 20 or 22-23?
Christ gave us an amazing gift but we should not take advantage of it. We should follow the fruits of the spirit.
I don't think I would have said so then but prior to now I was not really "doing anything wrong or right with God". I'd never really studied the Bible. Now when I study and understand the word I'm able to reflect it in my daily life.
Post by Pastor Dustin on Apr 16, 2016 12:12:47 GMT
I liked the verses that Aaron pointed out 13-15. We are to use our freedom in Christ to serve humbly and love others. That is a simple statement but takes effort to live out because our flesh (our own selfish desires) is battling us.
But our goal as Christians is to love others like ourselves.