The book of Galatians is a wonderful epistle expressing the freedom that the gospel alone brings to our lives. Paul writes,
“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.”
In life you can either trust the righteousness of Christ or try to achieve your own righteousness. One brings freedom and the other brings a burdensome slavery. If Christ has set you free through salvation, stand firm in that freedom, and be on guard against anything that would enslave you.
This seems so obvious, but the danger of slavery is real even for Christians, as 2 Peter 2:19 warns,
“for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.”
It takes many forms: debt, drugs, pornography, laziness, a wrong relationship, pride, bitterness, and so on. If you are enslaved by anything, it will thwart your fruitfulness and steal your joy.
Thankfully, God’s grace is available to break the bonds of any slavery and to bring freedom again to His children. Is there something that has been overtaking your life? If so, confess that to the Lord and pray for His cleansing, restoration, and strength so that you can say with the psalmist,
“I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your word”