Staying free (Galatians 5 and 6)
First of all, if you want to stay free in Christ don't try to do it by keeping the rules. It won't work. You are not under the law.
And please don't go through the Bible trying to work out what is allowed and what isn't allowed. That won't work either.
Here's Galatians 5:19 in a few translations:
"Now the works of the flesh are manifest ... " (Authorised and many other versions)
"The acts of the flesh are obvious ... " (NIV)
"When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear ... " (NLT latest edition)
If you want to stay free in Christ try to avoid the stuff that is obviously wrong and do some things that are obviously good. Paul's list of 'acts of the flesh' isn't there to be studied in detail; It's a list of things that are obvious. It's a list of things that hurt others. It's a list of things that are not like Jesus.
And then Paul gives a list of good things: love, joy, peace etc. He says there is no law against them. So here's how to stay free in Christ. Do something loving. Do something that brings joy. Do something that brings peace.
What matters is the new creation that began when Jesus rose from the dead. We get free through faith in Jesus. We stay free by keeping in step with the Spirit, who is all into love, joy, peace and the rest of his 'fruit.'
More on Sunday ....
20/12/2018 12:29:53 pm
The only way for anyone to stay free or unrestricted would be to buy out that kind of freedom. This can never happen if you are lazy. Even if you are born with a silver spoon, one day all of it will be gone if you don't know how to take care of things. If you will not learn how to make your money work for you, you will spend your whole life including all the hours which you are supposed to allot to rest, working like a horse for less. There is so much value attributed to discipline. You can't save enough money if you will not be generous with giving it time.
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