Neil Andersons Daily in Christ: Free to live

From Neil Anderson’s daily devotional:

Sensing that he had a deeper motive, I answered, "What you really want to ask me is if we have any freedom, right?" He nodded.

"Sure, I’m free to do whatever I want to do," I answered. "I’m free to rob a bank. But I’m mature enough to realize that I would be in bondage to that act for the rest of my life. I’d have to cover up my crime, go into hiding, or eventually pay for what I did. I’m also free to tell a lie. But if I do, I have to keep telling it, and I have to remember who I told it to and how I told it or I will get caught. I’m free to do drugs, abuse alcohol, and live a sexually immoral lifestyle. All of those ‘freedoms’ lead to bondage. I’m free to make those choices, but considering the consequences, would I really be free?"

What appears to be freedom to some people isn’t really freedom, but a return to bondage (Galatians 5:1). God’s laws, from which we seek to be free, are not restrictive, but protective. Your real freedom is your ability to choose to live responsibly within the context of the protective guidelines God has established for our lives.

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~ by thoughtcrime2 on February 24, 2009.

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