So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36 (NIV)
You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. Romans 6:18
Those who have put their faith and trust in Christ have been set free from sin and given the promise of eternal life. Yet, this freedom has limitations and responsibility that comes with it. God’s grace poured out upon us is not the freedom to do what we want, but rather the power to live as we ought.
Here are some sobering reminders on the exercise of our Christian freedom:
- Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 1 Corinthians 8:9
- “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. 1 Corinthians 10:23
- 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. Galatians 5:13
Because of the influence we leaders have, others will be watching and imitating our example. We are reminded that those who lead and influence others will be held to a higher standard. James 3:1 states, “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.”
Yes, we have great freedom in Christ! Hallelujah! But… with our freedom comes responsibility to exercise it wisely for the glory of God and for the service of others, not ourselves.
Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. 1 Timothy 4:6