Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity to indulge your flesh, but through love serve one another. Galatians 5.13
In Christ, we have been freed from serving the Law of Moses. But, Paul warned the Galatians that the freedom they had in Christ was not a license to do whatever they wanted to do.
We live by the Spirit. The Spirit wars against the desires that we have that lead us to sin. So, if we are living by the Spirit, we will not commit the acts that our flesh may desire. Paul listed the desires of the flesh in Galatians 5.19-21. He warned that those who practice these things will not inherit the kingdom of God! Therefore, our freedom in Christ is not a license to do whatever we desire.
Paul wrote in 5.14, that in essence the law under Jesus can be summed up as “You must love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus taught this in Mark 12.30-31. The important things are to love God first and your neighbor.
If we are obeying these commandments, we will only want what is best for others and would not want to harm them in any way. The best thing that we can do for others is to help them understand the Bible and live it out in their daily lives.