An Occasion to the Flesh

Galatians 5:13.  “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty:  only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”

If you are a believer, you are called to liberty and grace. Be careful, however, that  you don’t mistake license and liberty. Sometimes, believers are accused of using their salvation as a license to live however they please.  Sometimes, they are guilty as accused.

The thing is, if we are truly born again, our desire is going to be to live for God.   We are to use our liberty and grace to take the opportunity to serve one another humbly and lovingly.  We are free to love, since we have been so greatly loved.

Salvation is not just fire insurance. Sure, it frees us from eternal damnation in hell, and that’s a wonderful thing.  But  when a person is truly a child of God, there is a heart change. The desire to live for self begins to be less attractive.

I saw a meme recently that I believe was a quote from Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Here it is:

I believe the holier a man becomes, the more he mourns over the unholiness which remains in him.

There is the liberty!  The liberty from the chains of unholiness, not the liberty to live an unholy life.

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5 thoughts on “An Occasion to the Flesh

  1. About two weeks ago Nancy Lee DeMoss on Revive our Hearts radio did an indepth study on holiness. It was good. That “occasion to the flesh” has such far stretching arms doesn’t it? It reaches outward where man’s eyes see us, but it also reaches into the inner heart where only we and God knows about it.

      1. I could listen on line and sometimes do. I can’t get Moody Radio except in my car for some reason. I am guilty of sometimes listening to the end of a program in my driveway! My neighbors must wonder from time to time. 🙂

      2. Same here. I catch her on my car radio now and then. And I have also sat in the driveway to finish listening. Knew we had a lot in common, Karyl 🙂

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