Freedom: Not for You, But for Your Neighbor

Freedom is the theme for the Focus on Faith column this month. Freedom is valued very highly in the United States. Freedom is also a gift from God. However, there is a difference between our civic, earthly freedom, and a divine heavenly freedom.
    Each week will focus on a different Bible story about freedom. This week will have two verses: John 8:36 “If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” and Galatians 5:13 “You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another.”
    Often, we think of freedom as being able to do whatever we want, whenever we want; that freedom is fulfilling every desire we might have. We think that if we were somehow free from any outside source, we could then grasp whatever it is that we lack and then we would find peace and contentment. This is nothing more than using freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, and unfortunately, true contentment is hard to come by. We always want more.

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