Monday, June 16, 2014

Freed From and Freed For...

This week I am participating in the Bladen Mission Project. This is an important week of making the Love of Jesus Christ real and tangible in Bladen County. This week's prayers were written for the mission project's daily devotions.  I invite you to pray along with us!

“For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Galatians 5:13-14

Freedom – one of the hallmarks of the United States of America. Many times I hear people say, “I’m free to do whatever I want.” Really? No. Not really.

Our own well-being, the well-being of others limits us. In Galatians, Paul reminds us that we are freed FROM slavery to sin. God’s grace sets us free. But as followers of Christ, our freedom is limited by our love for God and our love for others. Yes, we are freed FROM sin, but we are freed FOR serving God and each other.

What are some ways God’s love limits our freedom?

What do you think it means to be “freed FOR serving”?

Lord Jesus,
forgive us
and set us free from our past.
help us live as free people
loving you
and loving others.

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