Devotional: Galatians 5 // Goofball kids

It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then? (Galatians 5:13-15 MSG)

Yesterday I spoke about the importance of loving others, and in that the world will change. And I really believe that. If we all do as God commanded, the world would be SO much different.

Now, I also know that won’t happen. The bible even clearly tells us that.

This verse is talking about our freedom. And believe it or not our freedom comes from loving each other. And we actually gain the freedom to love others from Christ.

Without him we cannot love the unloveable.

So he gives us the ability to love them. Followed with us obeying that command to love them, and then we are fully free. Our freedom grows when we apply it.

Now.. it’s not just easy to love the unlovable. There are days that you will want to hate everyone. there are days when it all just piles on top.. one thing after another. We’ve all had them.

In those moments – that’s when it our supernatural God that steps in and allows us to… well.. not flip out on people.

Sometimes that’s straight from God. And then there are times when someone else has had one of those days. They have had everything pile up on top. And then they don’t have God to help them prevent a volcano of emotions and it happens to land on you.

Then it always take God to not respond the way we would want to. And believe it or not, our fleshly bodies, our shackled responses are keeping us enslaved.

We have the ability, the freedom, to not respond the way we want.

Lets add this to our loving to-do list. Yesterday I asked you to do one thing, one act of love that you maybe wouldn’t have done.

Today – or this week – whenever the gift arises – I want you to respond in a loving way, a way that your flesh doesn’t want you to respond.

If the cashier rings up your stuff wrong, and you correct them, and they argue with you – respond with love.

If you get snapped at from a customer, for no reason at all, respond with love.

Try it this week and let me know how it goes.

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Quick post. I know y’all like the pictures 🙂

Judah’s been eating…

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Lucy’s been being silly.

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We’ve been doing nails.

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Lucy’s been playing pretend- she came up to me yesterday morning and said “reindeer!”

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Toddler days are nonstop. And funny. She definitely makes me laugh, all day.

Hope your Tuesday is great!

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