6/22/2014

What To Do To Be Free


Freedom is what everyone wants. But it often seems that we human beings default and gravitate toward living in slavery, often without resistance or without knowing it.

Some random thoughts as to what to do to be free and not a slave:
  1. Love God by loving others (Mt 22:37-39). Look upward and outward, rather than being excessively introspective, self-centered and self-obsessed.
  2. Think things through thoroughly (Phil 4:9; Rom 12:2; 2 Tim 2:7; Col 3:2; Prov 15:28). Be a critical thinker. Blindly accepting anything is likely unwise and unhealthy.
  3. Have a clear goal and plan (Ac 20:24, 27). Otherwise you will live randomly and aimlessly and waste your life. Regret repels freedom.
  4. Strongly resist and reject all forms of legalism (Gal 3:1; 5:12). You can't improve or change yourself by human effort or keeping rules, not even by following this list.
  5. Deny yourself (Mt 16:24; Mk 8:34; Lk 9:23) and be self-controlled (1 Pe 5:8). Freedom does not preclude self denial and self control.
  6. Allow Christ to set you free by the Spirit (Gal 5:1, 22; Jn 8:36; 2 Cor 3:17). True freedom always happens inside out.