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A Fifth of Freedom, part 2

July 7, 2019

Christ has freed us
so that we may enjoy
the benefits of freedom.
Galatians 5:1, The Names of God Bible

As I’ve said for three days now, I’m not making up the title of this translation; it’s genuine.

Did you take time to read through all of Galatians 5, like we started to yesterday?

It’s pretty wild stuff, including St. Paul’s expression of a desire for those causing the trouble he addresses to, well, actually mutilate themselves.

Move your camera away from that image.

The third paragraph of Galatians 5 says —

When you attempt to live by your own religious plans and projects, you are cut off from Christ, you fall out of grace.

Meanwhile we expectantly wait for a satisfying relationship with the Spirit.

For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything.

What matters is faith expressed in love.

— Seems pretty clear to me: it’s time to stop trying to save ourselves and start enjoying the benefits of freedom Christ gives us…and it all starts and end with expressions of love: both Christ’s and ours.

For which I’m thankful, and by which I’m challenged and encouraged.

How about you?

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