#526 (31/1/22) TRUE FREEDOM
Many feel that having the freedom to do anything that they please is freedom and the route to joy. However, take something as simple as food, eating what you want all the time leads to ill health and early death! Alternatively, not eating enough of the right food will lead to ill health and death. This logic can be applied to many aspects of life, particularly sex. Many in our culture will tell us that the unrestrained expression of sexual appetite is freedom and joy - it is not! Paul quotes the Corinthians and refutes them,
‘“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.’ ( Corinthians 6:12)
We are saved by grace through faith alone however, this does not mean that we ‘have the right to do anything’! To be a Christian is to have entered the Kingdom of God and to follow Jesus as our Lord. A Christian says, “I will do anything that you say, Lord Jesus”.
Sexual immorality is not ‘beneficial’. It also ‘masters’ us. Sexual sin is addictive. True spiritual freedom is having a renewed heart and mind that says “Yes” to Jesus and His will, particularly in the realm of sex. This is both ‘beneficial’ and brings freedom even if it is not always easy to walk this narrow way.
OVER TO YOU - PRAY AND WORSHIP OUT OF THE BIBLE
I’ve made a few comments. However, it’s important that you engage with the Bible yourself. Take a moment to pray and listen to God’s voice out of this text which is helpful in reflecting on the condition of our hearts.
'Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.' (Psalm 139:23-24)