Day 10

Live Free, Love Free

from the Galatians reading plan

Galatians 5:1-15, James 1:25, Colossians 3:11, 1 Peter 2:15-16

BY Debbie Eaton

I watched an award show with my teenage son not long ago. I love music, dance, and artistry in general, and I treasure the opportunity to connect with my boy and his generation in ways our day-to-day routine doesn’t always allow. The performers sang their hit songs while cameras scanned the audience filled with celebrities young and old, all individuals who hold influence over our culture and our kids. Honestly, there were moments I wished my son wasn’t in the room, but there were other moments that gave me hope.  

The theme of the night appeared to be freedom, even though many who took the stage that night seemed to be prisoners of their own fame. And while I, a working, middle-aged mom of a teenage boy, don’t have much in common with these superstars on the surface, even I could understand where they were coming from.

We all want freedom. Generation after generation, the human soul has had a deep desire to live and love freely, and we look to many things to fill those desires. The gap between the world’s view of freedom and the freedom of the gospel is wide, yet it is never wider than Christ’s arms of grace can reach.

Worldly culture tells us that freedom is living out our individual desires. It shows and tells us what to believe and how to live “freely” only to achieve self-desires, self-ambition, self-promotion, and self-idolizing. Love of self at the cost of others: this is what we as a society call freedom.

But this freedom is only temporary, and it often leads to a path of discontentment and doubt, shame and fear, and inevitably, stress. We become enslaved to the prison of striving for others’ approval, which can lead us to destruction and even death. Our selfish ways can lead to unhealthy competition, comparison, and gossip—which, as Paul warns in Galatians 5:15, puts us in danger of devouring one another. Where will freedom be then?

The gospel is true freedom because of God’s unconditional gift of love, forgiveness, and grace. In his letter to the Galatians, Paul has laid the foundation that we are saved by faith, not by keeping the law (Galatians 3:11). When we receive the righteousness of Christ by faith in Him, we are no longer bound by our performance or our desire to meet the world’s standards. We are able to freely love because love is what we have received. This is true freedom.

 So, what does it really mean to live and love freely today?

Paul says in Galatians 5:13, “For you were called to be free.” The word “called” in Greek is kaleo, which means “to call aloud, to invite, to call by name.” To live free and love free means standing firm in this truth: you are known, seen, and loved by the Creator of the universe. He went to the cross and paid the ultimate price for your freedom! Understanding this truth liberates you to freely love others because you are secure in the love of Christ and  who you are in Him.

Friends, Jesus came for ALL with His grace, love and ultimate freedom. Generations to come will seek freedom and love like those before. Let’s be the generation that lives the gospel with authenticity, not hypocrisy, so others may experience living and loving freely in the gospel of Christ.

As we go through our day, let’s redirect our thoughts to the cross, remembering that God exchanged our judgment for freedom. Only by looking first to Him can we love freely as we have been loved.

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87 thoughts on "Live Free, Love Free"

  1. Kierstyn says:

    Freely given, undeserved salvation. I did not realize until a few months ago when I made a mistake that shook my world just how much I struggle with undeserved love. I struggle with accepting Gods grace and forgiveness every day. It is so hard to wrap my head around a salvation that is FREELY given and that I cannot earn. I am truly grateful for this community where I can process life, and the things God has put before me. If anyone reading this could send out a quick prayer for me– I am definitely going through a spiritual battle. Battling condemnation and guilt from the enemy. I need to understand that I need no one else’s forgiveness or approval but GODS and that his forgiveness is real even if t is undeserved. Thank you She Reads truth for this devotional. ❤️

    1. Jordan says:

      I totally understand the way you feel because I have struggled with the same feelings of constant guilt. These verses and this Bible study help me to remember God’s grace and forgiveness. Praying for you!

  2. Tosin O says:

    I really love this plan! I’ve read the book of Galatians before but this study has truly opened up the scriptures to me like I’d never read them before! I am known, seen and loved by God and my faith is expressed in my love for God and for others. I can love and live freely because I know who I am in Christ and I am secure in His love!

  3. So much truth packed into this devotional. True freedom is found in Christ. True joy! I like to call it Jesus Joy! Standing firm in truth is what brings freedom. Realizing that Jesus has done it all releases all the pressure that’s on our backs to work hard to earn our Salvation. Freely given. Undeserved. Thankful to stand secure in our good good Father’s love.

  4. Tiffany K says:

    Yesterday in church, our pastor started a new worship series on this exact same thing. “Love one another as I have loved you” and I absolutely love when things like this connect! Jesus wants me to get the message and take a deeper look into things! I feel so close to God this morning!! What a great feeling!!

  5. Shelby Fox says:

    “The gap between the world’s view of freedom and the freedom of the gospel is wide, yet it is NEVER wider than Christ’s arms of Grace can reach!” I LOVE that! Such truth.

  6. bd card says:

    The idea of loving others is harder to live out than it is to write down. I think most every believer would nod their head in agreement, "yes, we should love as we are loved.

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