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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!

Be blessed

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