Free to Humbly Love

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. – (Galatians 5:13, NIV) 

My brothers and sisters, God chose you to be free. But don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do what pleases your sinful selves. Instead, serve each other with love. – (Galatians 5:13, ERV) 

Beloved ones, God has called us to live a life of freedom in the Holy Spirit. But don’t view this wonderful freedom as an opportunity to set up a base of operations in the natural realm. Freedom means that we become so completely free of self-indulgence that we become servants of one another, expressing love in all we do. – (Galatians 5:13, TPT) 

Because Christ so loved, all who choose to accept what He freely offers are set free from sin and shame. We are forgiven and equipped to overcome the snares that sin once held. Freedom does not mean we ought to do whatever we desire and then rely on goodness and grace, but rather we need to allow His love to compel us to humbly love one another as He loves us. Fleshly indulgences are temporary, and still leave us wanting more. Loving others as we are loved by God, has a lasting impact. Not only does it bless the recipient, but it draws the giver into a deeper understanding of the power of His love within us. May we seek the Lord to consider one another in our freedom of choice, so that our every word and deed are a reflection of His voice. Let us humbly choose to love. 

Freedom in the Lord, 

What we’re called to be; 

Able to choose love, 

With grace, humbly. 

For as we choose love, 

Others are set free; 

Immersed in goodness, 

Intentionally. 

So, let us go forth, 

And in freedom choose; 

To love as we’re loved, 

And sinfulness, lose. 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the freedom we have in You. Forgive us for using the freedom we have been given through Your sacrifice, for anything other than loving as You have loved us. Teach us to choose well, so that we would love You and love others as we are called to do. Show us how to love all those around us, with humility and grace. May many come into a lasting relationship with You, as they come to understand the freedom we are granted by Your love. Be glorified O God, as we seek Your heart to humbly love all those whom You have placed around us. Amen. 

© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. – John 8:36

Lose the Law, Grab the Grace

photo by Cian Rhys

“For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on a promise; but God in His grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.” – Galatians 3:18

If our salvation depends on our following of religious laws, rituals and customs, then it does not come from Jesus, who is our promised path to perfection in Him.  Because God, in His great grace, gave His Son to die in our place, we may receive the promise of our permanent inheritance to enter into eternity with Him, if we are willing to walk by faith.

Living by the law, under the notion that we need to do and be “enough” to inherit that which has been promised, would be missing the point.  When we turn to trust and receive His grace, He delivers deep within us, our heavenly hope in Him.  As we live and love in that place of His goodness and grace, we are compelled to consider one another, and become eager to bless and share of our inheritance with those around us.

It is by faith and not by living under religious law that we are redeemed and rendered worthy to receive our redemption in Christ.  His covering, our cloak that came by the cross, creates the way to bridge the chasm between us and our Beloved.  In Him, we are called clean.  In Him, we are deemed deserving of our destiny, designed to be delivered in fullness upon our earthly end.  It is promised, that even now, He is preparing that place for us to enter His eternal presence.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that it is only by faith, not works, that we are saved.  Thank You that You sent Your Son to take our place so that we are no longer subject to religious laws, but rather are released in redemption to run the race that You have placed before us.  Forgive us for falling for the farce that we somehow must earn that which You freely give.  May we learn to live in Your loving place of grace, and be compelled to live and love like You so that all may come to know of Your precious promise, presented to all who believe.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present