Freedom: Wise Decisions

​“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. ​Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.” Galatians 5:13; 1 Corinthians 8:9.

There is a portion of God’s law that addresses moral issues, called the moral law and Christian doctrine, or Christian teachings, which are not a matter of Christian freedom unless together. Frankly, Christians must never choose what doctrine they like best but must always follow what God has taught them in His Word for our teachings (Read Isaiah 8:20; Galatians 1:6-9). God has not given us the right to choose in matters of moral conduct and Christian doctrine, but rather to ensure both are adopted appropriately.

In matters where we do have the right to choose, God has given us some guidelines so we can make wise decisions as we exercise our Christian freedom.  First, Christians are never to use their Christian freedom as a license to sin  as in Galatians 5:13; Romans 6:1-14; 2 Peter 2:20-21. Yes, Christ paid for our sins, but Christians thinking that gives them the right to sin is not showing love for Christ who paid for their sin.  Christians still delight in God’s moral law and use it daily to crucify the desires of their sinful natures. Also, according to 1 Corinthians 6:12, as Christians live freely for God they will not allow themselves to “be mastered by anything”. This means they are not to fall into anything that is harmful to themselves, such as sexual immorality or addiction.  For example, being able to eat and to work is good, but indulging in food or working long hours to the point where either it is harmful to you, colleague, family and Church physically or spiritually is an abuse of Christian freedom. ​“Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. Shalom!

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