For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Listen! I, Paul, am telling you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no benefit to you. Once again I testify to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obliged to obey the entire law. You who want to be justified by the law have cut yourselves off from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit, by faith, we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; the only thing that counts is faith working through love.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Our spirits our often shackled in laws of oppression which confine our creativity. What would it look like if I didn’t allow my fear of what others may think to rule my life? My worry of losing status or privilege? My refusal to let go of a grudge? There are many ways we bind ourselves up, making ourselves slaves to laws rather than co-workers with our Savior.
Our justification in the Spirit, does not mean there are no commands – Jesus asked us to love God and neighbor as self, to serve others as we have been served. This is no easy task when thought of as laws and regulations – do’s and don’ts. Jesus invites us out of rigidity into creativity – creative, new, joy-filled ways to share his love and grace.
In prayer, ask Jesus to show you and free you from those things that keep you from loving him and those around you.
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
—Reinhold NiebuhrPlease share the Good Word with your friends!