11 Oct Galatians 5:1 (Authentic Freedom)
Rich’s Reflections: Our hedonistic society views liberation as the freedom to indulge one’s desires without restraint; however, this does not promote genuine freedom. This promotes bondage to one’s cravings. For example, a man chooses to indulge lust, because he feels bound by lust. In his view, the moral law that condemns lust oppresses him. To him, good is evil and evil good. Slavery is freedom and freedom slavery. Such a man will never find the happiness he seeks. If the lustful man would only open his heart to the gift of redemption, through ongoing conversion, Christ would liberate him from the oppression of lust through the gift of the Holy Spirit. Lord, I long for the freedom for which only You can provide me. Give me the strength to break the bondage of my own desires and to love as I should. Amen.
Faith Challenge: Break free from the restraints of selfish desire and seek the authentic freedom for which Christ has set us free.
Faith Quote: “Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.” – Pope John Paul II