Freedom is not the right to do as you please, but the liberty to do as you ought. ~author unknown~
With freedom a great responsibility is borne. We are certainly blessed to have been given all the many freedoms of choice that we enjoy…but we must be careful to choose that which is beneficial and right, both for our own well-being, and that of others.
Thought for the day
In today’s world many folks have liberty or freedom confused with permissiveness. Permissiveness is not applicable to right actions…it is only applicable when people decide they would rather allow selfish, illegal or immoral behavior so they do not have to look within for answers about their own behavior. If we do not condemn any actions then we can continue to act out selfishly without having to experience the guilt or remorse that comes from doing something we should not do.
If loving ourselves and others means holding ourselves accountable and making sure we do the right thing…do we really love today?
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. ~John 8:32~
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
~2 Corinthians 3:17~
My friends, you were chosen to be free. So don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do anything you want. Use it as an opportunity to serve each other with love. All that the Law says can be summed up in the command to love others as much as you love yourself. But if you keep attacking each other like wild animals, you had better watch out or you will destroy yourselves. If you are guided by the Spirit, you won’t obey your selfish desires.
~Galatians 5:13-16 (CEV)~
But you must never stop looking at the perfect law that sets you free. God will bless you in everything you do, if you listen and obey, and don’t just hear and forget. ~James 1:25 (CEV)~