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Freedom to Set Others Free

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

– Galatians 5:1

After being released from slavery, the Apostle Paul followed in the way of his parents and became a very zealous student of Jewish law. However, he studied under Gamaliel, who happened to be the most influential rabbi of the day. In modern terms, saying that you were a student of Gamaliel would be like saying you were mentored by an astrophysicist who was a student of Albert Einstein. 

Interestingly, while he was very much orthodox, Gamaliel’s rabbinic convictions paralleled those of Jesus in that he believed in loving your neighbor, and he taught that your neighbors were both Jews and Gentiles. This is where Saul’s convictions diverged. While his rabbi was fully invested in loving the Romans, he was bent on persecuting them, and this is why Christianity was a particular threat. From his hatred, it’s clear that Saul hadn’t made peace with his past and was still carrying around a great deal of anger. While we don’t know the exact cause of his bitterness, it was destructive to others and he needed a Savior to set him free from himself.

My friend, since Jesus set you free from the pain and injustice of your past, live as one who is truly free. Make the most of the opportunity you’ve been given to start fresh, and do it in the Lord’s strength. Never give up on your dreams and set the mark high where it comes to your potential — just don’t enslave anyone else in the process. Unlike Saul, who held the view that he was superior to many who surrounded him, recognize the impact of your liberty and use it to set others free, welcoming them to share in the blessings you enjoy. 

Prayer


Jesus, I ask that you would empower me to make the most of my liberty and to set others free thereby.

Reflection


How can you use your freedom in Christ to set others free?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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