{Galatians 5:1; NLT}

So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.

Yet things we choose in our freedom soon hold us as their prisoners. So much so that we choose freely what we later find ourselves trapped within. Your passions can create the exhilaration of freedom while leading you straight into a dark and merciless dungeon. Not all free acts lead to freedom. In fact if you're not careful, the choices you freely make may cost you a life of genuine freedom. This is why the Bible talks about human experience in terms of being slaves to sin. One of the odd characteristics of sin is that it is a free act that enslaves you. Sin creates the illusion of freedom. In the end it fools us into seeking freedom from God rather than finding freedom in God.

Erwin McManus, Uprising, p. 11

Questions to consider:

  • Have you experienced the slavery of sin?
  • How can freedom lead into slavery?
  • How should we use our freedom?
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