Freed to serve, freed to love

Freed to serve, freed to love

GALATIANS 5 v. 13 – 15
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.
For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.’

Of course, Paul does not intend our ‘freedom’ through faith in Christ to mean license to do whatever we want. We have been set free to ‘serve one another in love’. We have been set free to ‘love neighbour and to love self’.
Our freedom is a liberation to serve and to love.
The BBC has again been focussing some attention on ‘random acts of kindness’ (Breakfast Show on BBC1 yesterday) – the spontaneous generous deeds, often enacted towards complete strangers – and the liberation we have in Christ can set us free to be even more daring, even more outrageous with our radical hospitality and extravagant generosity.

Liberating Spirit,
help release me from my fears,
from my pride,
from my self-protection;
Liberating Spirit,
bring me into a new freedom,
free to serve,
free to love,
in the way You serve
and love me.

Try it out – a random act of kindness – today!
Be free to be generous, and to serve in love.

Phil Gough