Liberty and Laws Go Together:

Galatians 5:1

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

I read this verse this morning, from the Duck Commander Devotional, for May 12. Si Robertson wrote the article that followed.

He explained that as Americans, we love our freedom, but we love our laws too.

What good would liberty do without laws? If we could go about hurting one another when we got mad, with no penalty, or decided it was okay to murder someone, because we didn’t like their hair color, that would be terrible freedom to have, with no consequences for our actions. Destruction follows lawlessness.

We need laws to keep us in check. They help us to know our boundaries, for our own good.

Si said that Christians love their freedom, too, and we love God’s laws.

God’s laws show us how to love, how to respect God and people.

To sum them up; there is only one God, and we are not to worship or bow down to any images. We are told not to misuse God’s name, and we are to keep the Sabbath Holy, and observe it as a day of rest.

We are to honor our parents. Murdering, stealing, lying, and bearing false witness are all prohibited. Desiring, or coveting, what your neighbor has, is also prohibited.  (Deuteronomy 5)

All of us have fallen short of the glory of God, but if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

As Christians, we have the law, but we have freedom too.

Dear God, thank You for laws that were made to show us the right way to live. Thank You for forgiveness through Christ, when we fail. You knew we would make mistakes, do wrong things, and still have a desire for You. Your wonderful provision of salvation through Christ, has reconciled us. What Jesus did on the cross was so amazing! I praise You for all that You’ve done. In the name of Jesus, Amen.



4 thoughts on “Liberty and Laws Go Together:

  1. Ha. that is so awesome. I just taught from Galatians 5:1-15 in Sunday school this past Sunday.

    We spent some time looking at the idea of legalism, where nothing is ok and license, where anything is ok. The point being that we belong somewhere in the middle.

    And our liberty in Jesus matters so much. If we get bound up on following rules like Satan wants us to, then we can’t be doing what God is really calling us to do. On the other hand, if we live a life of abandon because we say we are covered by grace, then we fall out of fellowship with God and become ineffective in his service.

    Great and timely post Dawn, thanks!

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    • I loved reading about this in my devotional book too! It really had me thinking. Si Robertson ended with this sentence, “Jesus sets us free from the burden of perfect obedience through His perfection, and He guides us to a better life by challenging us to live honorably, like he lived.” That is so amazing that your Sunday school lesson was on this topic too. I agree that liberty in Jesus matters so much!!!

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