13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another (Galatians 5).
In our flesh we think of freedom in terms of getting to do anything we want, anytime and anywhere—yet Christian freedom is the privilege and “calling” of getting to serve others, anytime and anywhere. The best freedom comes when the shackles to ourselves are broken and rebound upon the Savior who came to serve others, for when we are truly bound to Him we cannot help but “love our neighbor as ourselves.”
Thus, we have two choices, and Paul makes it very clear here: either we become bound to Christ and therefore also others in love, or we remain bound to ourselves, where selfishness and pride rules with the purpose of always coming in first.
Lord, help us This Day to make the right choice. Amen.