Freedom. Whenever I hear that word, I immediately think of the scene from Braveheart, “FREEDOM!”
As this verse says, we are called to live in freedom; but, the second part explains that just because we are free doesn’t mean we can do whatever we want… Whatever our flesh wants. There is always a price we must pay for freedom; however, because Yeshua paid the price for us, we can come freely to the Father and have a relationship with Him!
The difference between our flesh and the Spirit:
Our flesh has a sinful nature and will always pull us to do things that aren’t rooted in God, while the Spirit is righteous and will always lead us onto the path of wisdom, understanding, and faith. So, which one will you choose? We cannot follow both. There will be instances where the flesh wins out since we are human, but understand that God is always waiting for you to come to Him.
Verses 19-23 in this chapter couldn’t have explained it any better. The lists show what the flesh desires versus what comes out of following the voice of the Spirit. We all desire to be good, but we also have an evil nature that we can either embrace or keep buried.
I encourage you to walk in harmony with one another and listen to the Spirit’s direction. It’s pretty neat to hear His voice and see the outcome of our obedience. At the end of the day, the choice is yours, so choose wisely!