DAY#29 - A Month of Freedom Quotes:
Don't Use Freedom For Evil
We are more than halfway through the month long series focusing on Freedom. I realized that we are on the verge of losing our liberty after only one week of doing these posts. This is a serious subject - I hope that you will pray for discernment and then stand up with strength from God to preserve our freedom.
We will begin with the basics by defining "freedom".
Freedom - the absence of necessity, coercion or constraint in choice or action
- liberation from restraint/slavery from the power of another
I'm sure that we can all think of at least one time in our life when we have been mocked for what we believe. The first part of this passage is so perfect for those situations. By doing good, (by making sure that our actions are in accordance with God's Will for our life) we are shutting up the foolish mockery.
The second portion of this Scripture passage is just as important as the first portion. Let's define the word "vice":
Vice - moral depravity; wickedness
In other words, that verse is saying that we should never cover up our evil ways with the freedom from our sins. It's kind of like saying "I've been forgiven, so I can act and do whatever I want". That is morally depraved.
Other Bible versions do not use the word "Bondservant" - they say "you should be slaves of God". I believe that "bondservant" is the correct word. In the first part of my Jude series we talked about what "bondservant means". This is the exerpt from that post:
"Notice that the word "bondservant" is used.
The Dictionary defines "bondservant" as a person who is bound to serve without wages. In this case, "bondservant" was not a dreaded position to be in because Jude was NOT a slave - he wanted to serve Jesus Christ in this manner without pay. I look at it in modern terms - I believe it was like a "Surety Bond." Did you know that every elected public official today MUST have a surety bond? That means if these public officials do not live up their oath of office then they will be financially accountable for their failed actions. And we're talking substantial amounts (see this website for more information about our current elected officials' bonds: "Bonds For The Win")."
Let's make sure that we NEVER use our freedom from sin for evil.
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