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Set Free to Love One Another

13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
(Galatians 5:13-14)

It might be said that the theme of Galatians is “Christian freedom in the Spirit.” The question is, “free to do what?”

We been set free to love one another.

The law that God gave to Israel is not something that can give life. That isn’t its purpose. The purpose of the law was to keep sin in check and to hold us captive until Jesus was revealed. The law forces the question: “I can’t keep the law perfectly. Who will save me then?!” Now that Jesus has been revealed and his life made available to us in the Spirit, the Spirit empowers us to go beyond the law.

We shouldn’t be asking, “What’s the minimum I can get away with and still be good?” That’s like showing up at a race track with a Lamborghini and asking “What’s the speed limit here?” That question makes no sense. No one shows up at a race track to figure out what the minimum speed is.

When you understand that you have been empowered to go beyond the law and become a completely new person in the Spirit, you start asking new questions like: “How much good can I possibly do in the power of the Spirit for the kingdom of God and the good of others?”

“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
(Galatians 5:22-23).

What the apostle Paul, the author of Galatians, means when he says, that “against such things there is no law,” is that there are no limits on these things.

These attributes are eternal, perfect, holy and immortal. Works of the flesh (Gal. 5:19-21) will run their course, but love, joy, peace, patience, kindness…etc., will go on forever. You’re never going to get to the end of them. There is no law governing how far they can go. You’re never going to love too much or have too much joy. You’re free! Go for it!

That’s what we’ve been set free in the Spirit to do. So let us “keep in step with the Spirit.”

Tim Prince

Pastor of Missional Community


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