Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.
(Galatians 5:13 (NIV))
There seems to be a very large misunderstanding of two simple words in this country – of and from.
Society has twisted the concept of freedom of religion to mean freedom from religion. In just the same way, society has also confused the concept of freedom from sin to actually mean freedom of sin or freedom to sin.
All that you have to do is watch or read any news program or publication to see the ramifications of this. You see people shouting separation of church and state while the very people who wrote the Constitution used the rotunda of Congress as a church. The first act of Congress was to establish the American Bible Society. It doesn’t take any stretch of the imagination to realize that society has twisted what the founding fathers meant.
Now, consider what Jesus did.
Jesus came to teach us to repent. To turn away from sin. He offered any and all who would call upon Him as their personal Lord and Savior redemption from the consequences of sin. He did not offer us a way to accept His grace and have the freedom to continue in our sin.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
(John 3:16 (NIV))
The enemy has twisted the simple concept that God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus to redeem the world into a false teaching that God loves everyone and a loving God would not condemn someone to hell. It is this simple twist that has lead many to believe that anything that you do is ok as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone. What they fail to realize is that what they do is hurting themselves. By their actions and the misunderstanding of God’s Word, they are condemning themselves. They are indulging in the sinful nature that condemns.
Don’t be confused and change two simple words. It can have eternal consequences!