Galatians 5 vs 13
“FOR you brethren, have been called to freedom; only do not use freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
I was reading an article about a neighbouring country that was celebrating freedom day recently. This is a day designated to remembering and being grateful for the attainment of freedom, which is something that they were deprived of for a very long time. This day is celebrated in remembrance of the momentous occasion when they attained independence and removed the shackles that had imprisoned them for so long.
The images of their past showed the gruesome atrocities that were perpetuated against them, they were treated in the most inhumane manner and generations had been denied so many opportunities. They had been denied basic human rights including free communication and movement.
Independence is an ideal that is often taken for granted but it has been and remains the cornerstone of human evolution.
Nations gone and nations to come have all sought to be independent and to have self-determination. We all want to be able to make decisions, to do the things we want to do when we want to do them and in the way we want to do them.
We often take for granted some of the freedom that we have today; things that mean a lot to us like being able to interact with our friends, travel freely across towns, cities and countries and be able to freely use a public bathroom without having the humiliation of being denied entry.
I could write a book about all the things we should be grateful for. However, within the context of this freedom that we are so happy to have, we have also used it to harm ourselves and others and in the process, we have hindered our own prospect of success.
Freedom gives you a voice but unfortunately we sometimes misuse this voice. Freedom grants us the power to make choices and sometimes we use that power to make the wrong choices and decisions that land us in all sorts of trouble and problems. It is often easier to blame other people for our problems but half the time we would have created them ourselves due to our own choices.
Today look closely at the liberty that is available to you , being able to do what you like when you want to, to speak freely, to interact and to worship. How are you using this ideal, is it shaping your life the way you envisioned, or are you sinking deeper and deeper into a hole that you cannot seem to dig yourself out of?
Exercising faith is a choice, one you can either embrace or shun. Use this gift of freedom to guide yourself to make choices that will strengthen your faith, improve your relationships and bring you closer to the Lord. Having freedom of choice should help guide you to seek the things that will improve your life not rob you of the virtues that come from living a faith-filled life.
Let’s celebrate our freedom by choosing to do things that will empower and develop us. Today is a new day, what you will do with it depends on how you choose to exercise your freedom. Free yourself from the prison of your thoughts; let your thoughts and actions guide you to a better tomorrow.
Choose to grow you faith, read you Bible, know your Maker and enhance this life that you have been given. For every wrong decision that you have made, you have the choice to correct and change the mistakes you have made. It starts with a conscious choice to do the right thing. Make that choice today!