Using your liberty

BethanySMC - Saturday, 11 August 2012 04:55

For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.  1Peter 2:15-16

If you ever go to prison, you will find people there who have misused or abused their freedom one way or another. With freedom and liberty comes personal responsibility and accountability for our wrong actions. Freedom from restraint, in a general sense, opens doors to a lot of choices and actions as an individual sees fit. Many of those choices often get people in trouble, bondage, guilt, and in prisons; families are destroyed, people die prematurely and the list can go on and on.Libertyto do evil is always short and leaves people empty and broken.

Cultural standards of life are way different than God’s standards by which His children ought to live life. Our Lord expects more from us due to the high price that He paid for you and me and the reward that we will receive at the end. In this context, Peter reminds believers not to make excuses for ignorant behavior and not to degrade ourselves to cultural standards of living life. Just because it is legal and popular for everyone to divorce and remarry, the servant of Christ must remain faithful to the word of God and refrain from such practice. In our society, people are free to hate, gossip, indulge themselves with food and pleasures, provoke sexual desire and seduce others, watch and say whatever they want, behave arrogant and be proud. There are many other things that can be justified in the eyes of this world, however, what can be justified in mans eyes, will be judged by God one day. I see a challenge to use our liberty in such a way so we would not be ashamed when we stand before our king.

 There are souls to be won for Christ, there are people in darkness who are looking for light, some are searching for the meaning and purpose in life; there are hurting and needy people all around us, and those who are tired of life and the bondages of sin. If you have surrendered your life to Christ Jesus and He became the Lord of your life – you are free and are able to help them! That is why Christ set you free and gave you liberty that you have- treasure it and use it properly!

For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 1 Peter 2:15.

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