Set aside indulgences, Love can show a way…

Passage Galatians 5:1:

Galatians 5
Freedom in Christ
1It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Passage Galatians 5:16-22:

Life by the Spirit
16So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.

19The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

Why did Paul say Jesus died (v.1)? Jesus died not only for our salvation, but to set us free from sin. Freedom from sin was accomplished at the cross. Our behavior is determined by our beliefs. We must believe that we are, in fact free. In addition, Paul tells us that if we walk by the Spirit we will not fall prey to our fleshly desires. Walking by the Spirit is simply inviting the Holy Spirit to come and guide you– and complying with those inklings that come to your mind. When you hear the voice saying “you don't really need that”– don't buy it. When you hear that voice in your head saying “you should just cut up those credit cards”– do it. And remember with thanksgiving, that Christ died that you might be free from this enslavement.

[written by K. Guy]

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