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Next Week’s Message - Using Freedom Responsibly Galatians 5:13-15

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The acid test of mature Christianity is not how much liberty one exercises, but rather how much love one exhibits.  Before you think that sounds too pious, stop and read 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 or Romans 14:13-21 or 1 Peter 2:16-17.

Again and again in Scripture, we are exhorted to guard against two extremes – uncontrolled expressions of liberty and unbending demands of legalism.  Wise is the believer who learns how to stay balanced on the tightrope between the two. Of course, the secret is holding on tightly to the “pole” – love for others on one end and control of self on the other.

Paul addresses that need in three timely verses in his letter to the Galatians.  Since it is our nature to go overboard with freedom and to turn it into indulgences and offend others, We need that reminder! Love will not let that happen. Let’s talk about that next Sunday!