"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)
"Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you". (the message)
I like this verse. Partly because it says I am free. I really like that because I hate rules!!!
But it is not saying that I am free to do any ole thing I please. It does say I do not have to live by what others think a Christian should do or not do. I do not have to be a people please-er. Only a God please-er. On the one hand that is easy, on the other hand it is hard. In my own strength I tend to do what my flesh, my old nature wants to do. But there is a strength in me, not my own that enables me to live the life God has called me to live. The tricky part is learning to exercise that strength. Learning to disengage from the things that keep me in bondage. We all have them, they are different for each of us. It is a daily ongoing process. Some days I do okay, some days I fail miserably. God loves me and us the same on both days.