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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand fast therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery… For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love be servants of one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ But if you bite and devour one another take heed that you are not consumed by one another.” (Gal 5: 1, 13-15)

So, we are not “consumers” of one another. Other people, the Apostle is saying to me, are not to be seen by me “as an opportunity for the flesh.” They are, rather, an opportunity for service. “Through love,” he says, “be servants of one another.” This perspective, the perspective of the cross, liberates me from the bondage of self-seeking and need...

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