Communication experts believe that once there is the potential to be misunderstood, it will happen. I get the same impression with this text. People can take it one of two ways:
1. They’re free, so they can do as they please.
Some believe that because God has redeemed them that frees them to live their lives however they feel.
But God foresaw the potential for this to happen and made provision for this misunderstanding.
The entire text reads, “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.”
We are encouraged to follow Christ’s example of serving others instead of indulging our selfish appetites.
The latter we know can easily enslave us into a life of addiction; something God does not want for us.
2. Others go in the opposite direction – they do is not believe this text at all. It seems just too good to be true.
We can become slaves to our negative thoughts. I’ve done too much wrong; I’m not worthy; there is no way that God could forgive what I’ve done.
This kind of mentality counteracts faith; they simply cannot coexist.
Worse yet, this misunderstanding makes the enemy happy. If he can keep our minds in bondage, he knows that we are lost.
Instead, let us remember, “…if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
John 8:36 (NIV)
Today, rejoice in the freedom that only God can give.