September 13, 2017
“Do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another” Galatians 5:13
The sinful world would give an entirely different meaning to the title of this meditation than what Paul would give. To some people, “free love” means to have carnal lust for anyone you want. It’s been that way since the sexual revolution took off in the 1960’s and is accelerating toward a painful crash into natural consequences and Divine judgment.
What free love means to Paul is summed up famously by Martin Luther in his essay, “On the Freedom of the Christian”. He wrote,
“A Christian man is the most free lord of all, and subject to none; a Christian man is the most dutiful servant of all, and subject to everyone.”
Paul taught that loving one another is fulfilling the law, and there is none better able to love than those who are fully loved by Christ and motivated by that love to love others. Such love has set us free from the fear of death, and want, and guilt. It sets us free to do as we please. But what is Christ’s love in us pleased to do? Love our neighbor. So we keep the law by doing what we want, because what we want to do is to serve in love. It’s not a matter of having to do something, but rather doing it because we want to do it. Love freely received, freely gives. That is it’s nature.
So when given the opportunity to serve your neighbor, do not sigh and grumble that you “have to do it”. Instead, take a moment to reflect on that willing love that served you salvation with nails in its hands and feet 2000 year ago. He who so freely served us at such a great cost is the One who sent His disciples with power to do great works of service in His name. As Jesus sent them He said, “Freely you received; freely give”. Matthew 10:8
With these words He sends us. Free love, free to love.