John 8:36 – If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Freedom. I doubt there are many things that balance privilege and duty more than freedom. When we abuse our freedoms we can hurt others. Conversely, when we use our freedoms to help and minister to others, express the intentions of God as demonstrated by Jesus Christ.
The Apostle Paul described this struggle as an internal war within the believer. He wrote, “…I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members (Romans 7:23). Paul draws the painful yet true conclusion that our natural state is bent toward sin, but thank God that through Jesus Christ we may still serve the Lord with our minds, indwelt by the Spirit and renewed by the Word even if our flesh fights against it (Romans 7:25).
Jesus ultimately left no room for interpretation for believers when He said, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32). Therefore, adherence to the teaching of Jesus is the key to true freedom. Any other notion of freedom is a poor substitute. So contrary to popular opinion, you cannot be liberated through licentious living for that leads inexorably to sin.
“…Now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life (Romans 6:22).