“It is for freedom that you have been set free.”Galations 5:1
When my heart starts to bristle towards some perceived slight or when a cause I feel strongly about comes up or when I’m feeling lonely and needy, my instinct is to say..to speak. Because I have a right to say what I feel and what I believe. I have the right to correct the wrong, to defend myself, to clarify everything.
But I’ve been set free…for freedom.
Freed from the need to defend myself and my views to everyone, all the time.
Freed from the urge to correct every bit of wrong theology or thought in another.
Freed from the requirement to take my reputation in my own hands…or mouth.
Freed from focusing on me…
Freed from the need to focus only on me…my needs, my platform, my image, my friendships, my problems, my intimacy.
And there were apologies that had to be made and gossiping that has had to stop and hard questions that have been asked and pondered. But in the end, I keep coming back to the fact that I am freed.
I am freed.
Freed from me…
Freed to love others first.
Freed to speak life and truth and freedom over those around.
Freed to listen more than I speak.
Freed to pour out because the freedom comes from Jesus and if I’m truly walking in that freedom then I’ll be spending time with Him…I’ll be filled up on Him.
Because if I’m full of Jesus, I don’t need to worry about filling up from anyone else.
And when we’re not filling up we’re called to be pouring out.
And if I’m filled up with life then how can I pour out, speak out, live out, give out anything but life?
There’s never any need for me to hold that life, that freedom in, because my source is endless. He never runs dry and so I never have to run dry either if I keep attached to the source. So I can pour out freely because I have been and am being and will continue to be given to freely.
I’ve been set free so that I can speak life…give life.
“It is for freedom that you have been set free.”
I’m linking up with a few other ladies who attended this class to share what God has been teaching us.