Today in Galatians 5:13-15, Paul points us down two roads that we can go down. Listen to what He says:
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.
It’s your choice. You can do as you’d like. No one will make you.
Now, Paul today tells us though, that our choices will have consequences. We were given freedom to do right. Paul tells us to love one another. The entire law, all the bible, all we are supposed to do is summed up in that phrases – love your neighbor as yourself.
That’s what being a Christian should result in. We should each other.
Now, Paul gives us the other choice as well though. He says if you bit and devour one another, watch out.
Choosing to love, to forgive, choosing to do what is right, that will result in freedom and life. It may be the hard thing to do, but it will result in life.
Choosing to hurt others, choosing to respond with unforgiveness, choosing to respond tit-for-tat, it may seem like the easy thing to do, it may even seem like the right thing to do.
But it’s not. And it will end in destruction. It will bring harm to you, and to your soul.
Today, you have choices to make. You have been given freedom. Will you choose love? Or will you choose to respond in other ways.
Today, the choice is ours. May we choose the path of loving others, forgiving others, and showing grace.
May we use and use our freedom wisely.
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