Galatians 5:13-14 ESV “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. [14] For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.””

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The Lord Jesus has freed us to think of His righteousness, love, faith, and eternity. He has freed us to become bonded labourers for the spread of the gospel of truth. If we are really free, we will serve our fellow brothers and sisters in the local church community with godly love. It is a genuine love in pure faith in the promises of God and humility. Our Lord has purchased us by giving his life on the cross of Calvary so that we could enjoy this great freedom of salvation. In John 3:16-18, it is clear that “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. [18] Whoever believes in him is not condemned, …” We understand that we don’t get perished and have eternal security in the Lord, because we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. And our continuous faith in His name makes us get rid of the eternal condemnation. Thus we are free from the presence of sin and its influence, because we believe in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul says, “[9] For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, [10] who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. …” 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 ESV We are intended for the eternal salvation and freedom from the presence of evil and sin. We are chosen to live in the Lord Jesus Christ for ever: we are to live on earth to praise and worship His name and make His name known to the entire world. And we are elected to worshiphis holy name eternally in our glorious bodies. As a fact of the matter, the worldly controlling desire cannot reign our dominant aspiration for eternal salvation that comes from the Lord Jesus Christ.

What makes us love our neighbours as we love ourselves? It is our salvation which we received from the Lord Jesus Christ. Without salvation of God, it is impossible to love others. It is difficult to serve one another in the local church community.

Let’s pray that the Lord Jesus Christ accept us as his people through eternal salvation. Let himenable us to put our fleshto death in the world. Let him empower us to serve our fellow brothers and sisters in the local church with sincere love and affection.

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