RICHARD DEAN BROOKS
FREEDOM IN LOVE
13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
5:13 Paul distinguishes between freedom to sin and freedom to serve. Freedom or license to sin is no freedom at all, because it enslaves you to Satan, others, or your own sinful nature. Christians, by contrast, should not be slaves to sin, because they are free to do right and to glorify God through loving service to others. 5:14-15 When we believers lose the motivation of love, we become critical of others. We stop looking for good in them and see only their faults. Soon we lose our unity. Have you talked behind someone’s back? Have you focused on others’ shortcomings instead of their strengths? Remind yourself of Jesus’ command to love others as you love yourself (Matthew 22:39). When you begin to feel critical of someone, make a list of that person’s positive qualities. When problems need to be addressed, confront in love rather than gossip. Tyndale. Life Application Study Bible NIV. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Do you ever think about or realize how true it is when you remove true love and allow sin to come in, that things fail? When we allow sin to enter a marriage (adultery, lying, selfishness) or any other hosts of sin that it is actually just our lack of allowing love to control our lives. Love is the glue that holds all things together; sin is the destroyer of all things. ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and keep sin at bay by letting Christ and love lead your life.